Reclaiming quality in higher education: a human factor approach

CHENG, Ming (2017). Reclaiming quality in higher education: a human factor approach. Quality in Higher Education, 23 (2), 153-167.

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Interest in quality is well established within higher education. This paper will critically review the most commonly used definitions of quality: fitness for purpose and value for money. It will point out that these two definitions are important but they ignore the emancipatory power of higher education and the development needs of academics and students. This paper will propose a new understanding of quality as a virtue of professional practice, which can be used as a useful force for individual academics and students to increase their commitment to learning and teaching. A new model of quality evaluation will be outlined as a supportive mechanism to enhance academics’ professionalism and to increase students’ capability to learn.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1301 Education Systems; Education
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Page Range: 153-167
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2023 15:51
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 16:02

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