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Strategic leadership of teaching and learning centres : from reality to ideal

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posted on 2011-12-01, 00:00 authored by Stuart Palmer, Dale Holt, D Challis
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.

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Journal

Higher education research & development

Volume

30

Issue

6

Pagination

807 - 821

Publisher

Routledge

Location

London, England

ISSN

0729-4360

eISSN

1469-8366

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2011, Taylor & Francis

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