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Australian teaching and learning centres through the eyes of their directors : characteristics, capacities and constraints

Palmer, Stuart, Holt, Dale and Challis, Di 2010, Australian teaching and learning centres through the eyes of their directors : characteristics, capacities and constraints, Journal of higher education policy and management, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 159-172.

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Title Australian teaching and learning centres through the eyes of their directors : characteristics, capacities and constraints
Author(s) Palmer, Stuart
Holt, Dale
Challis, Di
Journal name Journal of higher education policy and management
Volume number 32
Issue number 2
Start page 159
End page 172
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2010-04
ISSN 1360-080x
1469-9508
Keyword(s) academic development
survey of directors
teaching and learning centres
Summary This paper is based on research to identify common factors that contribute to the effective strategic leadership of teaching and learning centres. The second of three phases of data collection involved a survey of Directors of Australian teaching and learning centres. The data collected were quantitatively analysed using a range of descriptive, parametric and non-parametric techniques. Based on a response rate of 81.6 percent, we present a contemporary, comprehensive and representative quantitative snapshot of Australian teaching and learning centres, as seen through the eyes of their Directors. The time since last restructure, incumbency of the current Director and total Directorship experience of the current Centre Director all have mean values of ‘sometime in the previous one to three years’. Most Centres would consider their work in the areas of ‘recognition and reward’ and ‘professional development of staff’ as high impact functions, and they would be pleased with their efforts in the former area, and wish to perform better on the latter. The principal constraint identified by Centres was ‘lack of staff time’, both in the Faculties and in the Centre, to engage in teaching and learning improvement activities. Overall, Centres feel well included in relevant university committees and other activities.
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Related work DU:30022710
Copyright notice ©2010, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30028441

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