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Assuring Quality/Resisting Quality Assurance: Academics’ responses to ‘quality’ in some Australian universities

Assuring Quality/Resisting Quality Assurance: Academics’ responses to ‘quality’ in some... Abstract Academics, although committed to quality in research and teaching, continue to resist quality assurance processes within their universities. This apparent paradox reflects a series of disputes surrounding issues of power, definition and efficacy. This article reports on a study of 30 academics from 10 Australian universities and details their responses to, and critiques of, quality assurance processes in their universities. It is argued that until university management, university quality agencies and academic staff in universities draw on mutually agreed understandings of this contested concept—quality—academics will continue to resist quality processes, treating them as games to be played and systems to be fed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality in Higher Education Taylor & Francis

Assuring Quality/Resisting Quality Assurance: Academics’ responses to ‘quality’ in some Australian universities

Quality in Higher Education , Volume 12 (2): 13 – Jul 1, 2006
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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1470-1081
eISSN
1353-8322
DOI
10.1080/13538320600916767
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Abstract

Abstract Academics, although committed to quality in research and teaching, continue to resist quality assurance processes within their universities. This apparent paradox reflects a series of disputes surrounding issues of power, definition and efficacy. This article reports on a study of 30 academics from 10 Australian universities and details their responses to, and critiques of, quality assurance processes in their universities. It is argued that until university management, university quality agencies and academic staff in universities draw on mutually agreed understandings of this contested concept—quality—academics will continue to resist quality processes, treating them as games to be played and systems to be fed.

Journal

Quality in Higher EducationTaylor & Francis

Published: Jul 1, 2006

Keywords: quality; academics; student evaluations; performance appraisals; resistance

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