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Academic pedagogies, quality logics and performative universities : evaluating teaching and what students want

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posted on 2009-12-01, 00:00 authored by Jillian BlackmoreJillian Blackmore
Universities have focused on teaching and learning at a time when quality has become the marker of distinction in international higher education markets. Education markets have meant pedagogical relations have become contractualised with a focus on student satisfaction, exemplified in consumer-oriented generic evaluations of teaching. This article argues, by analysing one example, that generic evaluations are more about accountability and marketing than about improvement of teaching and learning. Furthermore, what students want is not the only criterion for judging teaching. Rather, professionals require, as do academics, a capacity for critical judgement about what constitutes valued knowledge in the pedagogical relationship between teacher and student.

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Journal

Studies in higher education

Volume

34

Pagination

857-872

Location

London, England

ISSN

0307-5079

eISSN

1470-174X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2009, Taylor & Francis

Issue

8

Publisher

Routledge

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