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Blass, Eddie; Jasman, Anne; Levy, Roger – Quality Assurance in Education: An International Perspective, 2012
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to share the reflections of a group of five academics who started supervising practice-based doctoral students at a similar time in the same institution. Design/methodology/approach: The supervisors engaged in a collaborative research process themselves, exploring their supervision practices, due in part to…
Descriptors: Supervisors, Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Action Research
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Ellis, Charles; Castle, Kathryn – Quality Assurance in Education: An International Perspective, 2010
Purpose: Teacher research (inquiry) has been characterized as practice improvement, professional development and action research, among numerous names and descriptions. The purpose of this paper is to support the case that teacher research is also a form of quality improvement known as continuous process improvement (CPI).…
Descriptors: Action Research, Research Methodology, Teacher Researchers, Teaching Methods
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Doherty, Geoffrey D. – Quality Assurance in Education: An International Perspective, 2008
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to discuss some key aspects of quality in education in the light of over 30 years practical experience of doing quality assurance (QA). Design/methodology/approach: Reflection on three concepts, which are still the subject of debate, namely: "quality"; "total quality management (TQM)"; and…
Descriptors: Total Quality Management, Quality Control, Educational Quality, Institutional Autonomy
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Badley, Graham – Quality Assurance in Education: An International Perspective, 2008
Purpose: This paper seeks to consider whether the notion of authenticity is useful or meaningful in the context of developing academics as writers. Design/methodology/approach: The approach taken is that of a reflective essay. Recent texts on authenticity in higher education are examined whilst a transactional theory of writing is also considered…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Academic Discourse, Writing Instruction, Reading Writing Relationship
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Harvey, Lee – Quality Assurance in Education: An International Perspective, 2005
Purpose: To provide a history of the emergence of quality systems from the mid-1980s. To show how quality became a primary policy concern in higher education policy. To map the development of quality processes and raise questions about dominant approaches and express concerns for the future. Design/methodology/approach: Historical document…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Transformative Learning, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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Rowley, Jennifer – Quality Assurance in Education: An International Perspective, 2005
Purpose: Foundation degrees, the new proposal for sub-degree vocational education in the UK, are characterised by innovation both in their design (curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment) and in the marketplace for which they are designed. This article argues that the development and delivery of foundation degrees carry a high level of risk,…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Management Systems, Student Experience, Risk
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Gibbs, Paul; Iacovidou, Melpo – Quality Assurance in Education: An International Perspective, 2004
This paper argues for good higher education in which academics and students take responsibility for their scholarly activities. This ought to be the goal for higher education, not the fulfilment of quality criteria that may fail to capture the essences of an educated person. This proposal is offered, in part, as a response to the UK government's…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Students, Student Responsibility, College Faculty