Teaching excellence in higher education needs to be promoted and celebrated. However, a universal definition of excellent teaching remains elusive, and robust evidence about how it affects student learning appears to be lacking. This timely book explores the notion of teaching excellence from the viewpoint of a variety of international authors; guiding the reader to understand the complex terrain in which teaching excellence is foregrounded, and highlighting a number of key issues facing the future of global higher education.
Global Perspectives on Teaching Excellence explores:
- what is meant by teaching excellence, whether it can be measured and if so, how?
- the impact of teaching excellence frameworks, initiatives and awards.
- the new challenges for delivering global teaching excellence fit for the 21st century.
With a mix of political, theoretical and applied research foci, each chapter also includes a short critical commentary from international experts in the field to further the debate and situate the topics in a wider context. Global Perspectives on Teaching Excellence is essential reading for academic and education policymakers, researchers, and undergraduate and postgraduate students in education.
Introduction Chapter 1: What is Teaching Excellence? Chapter 2: What outcomes are we trying to achieve from excellent teaching and why are they so difficult to measure? Chapter 3: Bounded Excellence Chapter 4: Transnational Perspectives on Excellence Chapter 5: Excellence for what? Policy development and the discourse on the purpose of higher education Chapter 6: The governance of micro-cultures to promote excellent teaching Chapter 7: A national strategy for teaching excellence – one university at a time Chapter 8: National teaching awards and the pursuit of teaching excellence Chapter 9: Training and development needs for a 21st century academic Chapter 10: Teaching excellence and the rise of education-focused employment tracks Chapter 11: Excellence for all: Inclusive teaching with a passion. A teaching excellence recognition scheme Chapter 12: I had excellent teachers – look at my fabulous career! Perspectives on teaching excellence in the performing arts Chapter 13: The thrill of the unexpected Chapter 14: Global Perspectives on teaching excellence