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Type: Journal article
Title: Benchmarking learning and teaching: developing a method
Author: Henderson-Smart, C.
Winning, T.
Gerzina, T.
King, S.
Hyde, S.
Citation: Quality Assurance in Education, 2006; 14(2):143-155
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Issue Date: 2006
ISSN: 0968-4883
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Cheryl Henderson-Smart, Tracey Winning, Tania Gerzina, Shalinie King, Sarah Hyde
Abstract: Purpose – To develop a method for benchmarking teaching and learning in response to an institutional need to validate a new program in Dentistry at the University of Sydney, Australia. Design/methodology/approach – After a collaborative partner, University of Adelaide, was identified, the areas of teaching and learning to be benchmarked, PBL approach and assessment, were established. A list of quality indicators for these aspects of teaching and learning were first developed conceptually and then validated by the literature. Then, using a quality enhancement framework, levels of achievement for each indicator were developed. Findings – The findings are represented as a set of tables. These were mutually developed with the benchmarking partner and represent an agreed model for a benchmarking project to progress to the next stages of implementation and evaluation. Practical implications – This model can be adapted for any benchmarking project in all levels of education; primary, secondary, tertiary and continuing. Originality/value – The issue of benchmarking is high on the educational agenda, especially in higher education. The literature reports on a number of projects but with no clear explanation of a method for benchmarking. The fact that this model is evidence-based in its approach and that it focuses on learning and teaching, also marks it as original and a significant development in this area.
Keywords: Teaching; Learning; Quality; Benchmarking; Higher education
Description: Copyright © 2006 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
RMID: 0020062935
DOI: 10.1108/09684880610662024
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