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Changing university learning and teaching: Engaging and mobilising leadership, quality and technology

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By Jeanne McConachie, Michael J Singh, Patrick Alan Danaher, Fons Nouwens, Geoff Danaher

Published: 2008
ISBN: 978-1-921214-38-7
Pages: xviii+395
Imprint: Post Pressed


Changing University Learning and Teaching: Engaging and Mobilising Leadership, Quality and Technology contributes original and significant research to the field of university learning and teaching.

It does this by focusing on two intersecting elements of university learning and teaching, each directed at a different sense of the key term 'changing':

  • As an adjective, to map and understand how learning and teaching in higher education are continuously adapting and mutating in response to multiple pressures and stimuli;
  • As a gerund, to record and interrogate the ongoing efforts by the contributing authors and many others to maximise the transformative potential of that learning and teaching.

The book focuses on three key elements of efforts to change university learning and teaching more sustainably and systematically:

  • Leadership
  • Quality
  • Technology

Separately and in combination, leadership, quality and technology can facilitate changing university learning and teaching in ways that make higher education more productive, relevant and potentially transformative. The 18 chapters in the book explore multiple manifestations of engagements with and mobilisations of those processes and hoped for outcomes.

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables


John Rickard

Roger Murphy

Editors' Introduction
Jeanne McConachie, Michael Singh, Patrick Alan Danaher, Fons Nouwens and Geoff Danaher

Section One: Leadership

Jeanne McConachie

Chapter One: Leadership for Mobilising Change in Educating Teachers for Further Education and Training
Mark A Tyler, Robert D White, Catherine H Arden and Patrick A Danaher

Chapter Two: 'How We Do Things Around Here': Educational Change and Effective Faculty Leadership in Post-Blair Britain
Chris Robertson and Robyn Cox

Chapter Three: Getting People Involved: Leadership for Change as an Occupation Professionalises
Catherine Layton, Anna Corbo Crehan and Matthew Campbell

Chapter Four: The Nexus Between Research and Student Learning: Reflecting on International Testing Research and Reflections
Michael Singh and Li-Nan Yao

Section Two: Quality

Patrick Alan Danaher

Chapter Five: Students' Perceptions of a Quality Preparatory Program at an Australian Regional University: Success Through Changing Worldviews
Jeanne McConachie, Karen Seary and Jenny Simpson

Chapter Six: Film as a Vehicle for Researching Problems Relevant to Students' Future Careers: Evidence Driven Research and Quality University Teaching
Michael Singh, Hongying Qi and Jin Hu

Chapter Seven: Critical Theory, Teacher Quality and the Alternative Practicum
Loshini Naidoo

Chapter Eight: Mathematics for Initial Teacher Education Students (MITES): The Effect of Competence Classes on Self-efficacy
Beverley Moriarty

Chapter Nine: Envisioning Change: Quality and Creative Arts in Australian Universities
Donna Lee Brien and Jen Webb

Chapter Ten: Quality University Teaching, Quality Education and Higher Education Reform in the People's Republic of China
Tingjun Cao

Chapter Eleven: Delivering Quality Transnational Education: What Does the Student Experience Tell Us?
Iwona Miliszewska

Chapter Twelve: Centring Students' Bilingual Capabilities in Quality University Teaching: Bringing 'Knowledge Detours' and 'Zigzag Learning' in from the Margins
Michael Singh and Wei Guo

Chapter Thirteen: Mobilising 'Double Knowing': Pedagogical Leadership for Internationalising Higher Education
Jinghe Han and Dacheng Zhao

Chapter Fourteen: 'Are We Uncritical, Unfocused, Plagiarising Rote Learners?' Forming and Informing Argumentative Chinese Students Through Quality University Teaching
Michael Singh and Dongqing Fu

Section Three: Technology

Geoff Danaher

Chapter Fifteen: Online Teaching in Universities and Management: Divided and Shaky Grounds for Change
Joanne Orlando

Chapter Sixteen: Changing University Learning and Teaching from the Outside in: The Role of Discussion Forums in Supporting Student Leadership in the STEPS External Preparatory Program
Geoff Danaher, Jenny McDougall, Phillipa Sturgess and Violeta Todorovic

Chapter Seventeen: Connecting Students to Changing Institutional Imaginaries: Online Innovations in Academic Support
Damian Sweeney, Tammi Jonas and Kathryn Boin

Chapter Eighteen: Evaluating Technology-based Learning: 'High Tech' and 'High Touch'
Joy Penman and Bronwyn Ellis

Chapter Nineteen: Dialogism and Social Computing: Academic Authorship in Cyberspace
Celia Thompson



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