Pursuing Teaching Excellence in Higher Education: Towards an Inclusive Perspective

Wood, Margaret and Su, Feng (2020) Pursuing Teaching Excellence in Higher Education: Towards an Inclusive Perspective. Bloomsbury Academic, London. ISBN 9781350055285 (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

Teaching excellence is a topic of international significance having importance for higher education worldwide yet considered by many to be poorly defined and understood. The importance of engaging different voices in discussions about teaching excellence in higher education is at the core of this book. 'Pursuing Teaching Excellence in Higher Education' explores understandings of teaching excellence through different lenses and a plurality of stakeholder perspectives. Higher education is a vital element of the public sphere and the book argues that its health and vitality is diminished when ideologically informed discourse prevails in the absence of informed public debate. The book examines the challenge of creating such a debate and moves towards a more democratic and inclusive perspective.

The first part of the book examines the opaque yet ubiquitous notion of excellence in higher education and lays the foundations for the central section in which various stakeholders’ perspectives on teaching excellence are explored. The stakeholder constituencies included are: higher education institutions; academics; students; employers; and parents. In the final part, possibilities for the development of shared understandings of teaching excellence are examined together with the institutional conditions which may make this possible. The book argues that stakeholder engagement in the construction of understandings of the wider purposes of higher education, to which issues of teaching excellence are integral, is a vital task. It is especially necessary at a time when performativity and measurement hold sway. It is through engaging with a plurality of constituencies to examine teaching excellence from different angles and stances that more inclusive understandings may be built.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: Teaching excellence, higher education, education policy, policy makers, stakeholders
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: FRANK SU
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2020 07:40
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2020 07:40
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/3163

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