System dynamics, quality assurance and the teaching portfolio: a case study

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Research and Development in Higher Education: Learning for an Unknown Future Vol. 26

July, 2003, 692 pages
Published by
Helen Mathews and Rod McKay
0 90 8557 55 8

This paper describes a teaching portfolio development project conducted in Charles Sturt University, in which teaching portfolios were promoted as a basis for (a) pro-active engagement in quality enhancement at the individual and group level and (b) professional discourse on concept and attitude change relating to quality in teaching and learning among project participants. The project’s thesis was 'that consistent, pro-active, system-wide involvement in quality maintenance and enhancement, and in the discourse that accompanies it, provides a base for improved organisational and divisional quality assurance'. It proposed the Teaching Portfolio as a principal means of achieving this involvement. The project was an initial attempt to discover whether the provision of generous support for the development of teaching portfolios at the individual level and at the level of the group (i.e. the teaching team, the school, the faculty) can magnify this effect such that the activities being recorded, and the records themselves, become a natural subject for public discourse across the institution.

Keywords: teaching portfolio; academic development; culture change; concept and attitude change; organisational development; systems thinking; quality enhancement; quality assurance.

System dynamics, quality assurance and the teaching portfolio: a case study

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Wilson, G. & Pettigrove, M.