Enhancing Learning, Teaching, Assessment and Curriculum in Higher Education (Hardcover)

By Bamber Roni, Trowler Paul, Saunders Murray

Open University Press, 9780335233762, 224pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2009

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Higher education is a particularly complex site for enhancement initiatives. This book offers those involved in change a coherent conceptual overview of enhancement approaches, of the change context, and of the probable interactions between them.

The book sets enhancement within a particular type of change dynamic which focuses on social practices. The aim is to base innovation and change on the probabilities of desired outcomes materializing, rather than on the romanticism of policies that underestimate the sheer difficulty of making a difference. Following a theoretical introduction to these ideas, there are case studies (from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Norway) at the national, institutional, departmental and individual levels, illustrating the argument that enhancement is best achieved when it works with social practices in real institutional and organizational settings.

In a final section, the authors link the case examples and theoretical frameworks, inviting readers to consider their own enhancement situations and apply the 'frameworks for action' offered in earlier sections of the book. The book doesn't offer quick-fix solutions but aims to support change with practical examples, conceptual tools and reflexive questions for those involved in change at all levels. It is key reading for higher education lecturers, managers, educational developers and policy makers.

About the Author

Veronica Bamber is Director of the Centre for Academic Practice at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK. Paul Trowler is Professor of Higher Education at Lancaster University, UK. Murray Saunders is Director of the Centre for the Study of Education and Training (CSET) and Chair of Evaluation in Education and Work at Lancaster University, UK. Peter Knight, late of the Open University's Institute for Educational Technology.