Teaching Quality: A Framework for Exploring Perceptions of University Academics and Managers

By Therese Demediuk and Anona Armstrong.

Published by The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education

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Research frameworks are useful in representing the main concepts, factors and aspects of a study and in clarifying and setting boundaries for the focus of the exploration. Frameworks can provide a point of departure for guiding and operationalising research questions and map ideas for testing in the field. Additionally, the construction, application and revising of a research framework can contribute to the development of models which inform future research and practice. This paper provides a research framework that has been developed to guide and operationalise explorations of what constitutes and enables quality teaching in a contemporary university context. The framework comprises cohort demographics and profile characteristics, teaching award impacts, quality teaching experiences, teacher effectiveness characteristics, and enabling factors for quality teaching. These five elements in the framework assist in our ability to articulate and measure factors that shape and drive quality teaching. Quality teaching in higher education needs to be considered from two perspectives–its context and its stakeholders. Where there is a difference in the perceptions between stakeholders–whether this be organisational, student, personal or interpersonal–there is the potential for conflict in the expectations of the teaching role with a consequent impact on the quality of teaching.

Keywords: Research Framework, Quality Teaching, Enabling Factors, Contemporary University, Stakeholder Perceptions

The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp.51-61. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 294.605KB).

Therese Demediuk

Director - Courses and Pathways Services, Learning and Teaching, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Therese Demediuk is the Director of Courses and Pathways Services, within the Learning and Teaching portfolio at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. Therese’s main research interest is in the measurement and management of quality teaching and the changed environment within which universities operate in Australia and internationally.

Prof. Anona Armstrong

Professor, Centre for International Corporate Governance Research, Faculty of Business and Law, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Professor Armstrong is a Professor of Governance and Director of the Centre for International Corporate Governance Research at Victoria University and is a registered psychologist. She has served on the University Academic Board and Research Committee, and Faculty of Business and Law Committees and is a member of the Victorian Government’s Higher Education Accreditation Committee. Professor Armstrong is an author of 16 books. Professor Armstrong is a past President and Life Member of the Australasian Evaluation Society and a Member of the American Evaluation Society. She was elected a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and the Victorian Division of the Institute of Public Administration in Australia, and is a Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.