Strategic leadership of teaching and learning centres : from reality to ideal
Palmer, Stuart, Holt, Dale and Challis, Di 2011, Strategic leadership of teaching and learning centres : from reality to ideal, Higher education research & development, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 807-821, doi: 10.1080/07294360.2010.539600.
This paper reports on the third phase of a study of Australian Teaching and Learning Centres to identify factors that contribute to the effective strategic leadership of Centres. Focus groups at 10 Australian universities included 66 respondents, providing a diverse range of perspectives, from students to members of the university executive. Analysis of participant contributions extended findings from prior project phases and the wider literature. They also contributed to the final construction of the strategic leadership Teaching and Learning Centre maturity framework presented here. Centres remain in a state of flux, enduring regular reconfiguration. For most Centres, their level of interaction with students is low and increased engagement with students would be of benefit. Perceptions of Centres vary widely, reinforcing the importance of a strategic partnership between the University’s Senior Executive, the Centre and faculties as a prerequisite for implementing identified high-impact strategies for improvement in teaching and learning.
Field of Research
130103 Higher Education 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio Economic Objective
930502 Management of Education and Training Systems
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