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From Quality Assurance to Quality Practices: an investigation of strong microcultures in teaching and learning

Mårtensson, Katarina LU ; Roxå, Torgny LU and Stensaker, Bjørn (2014) In Studies in Higher Education 39(4). p.534-545
Abstract
One of the main beliefs in quality assurance is that this activity – indirectly – will stimulate change in the work practices associated with teaching and learning in higher education. However, few studies have provided empirical evidence of the existence of such a link. Instead, quality assurance has created an unfortunate divide between formal rules and routines, and the daily practices in academia associated with teaching and learning. This article reports a study of ‘quality work’ – concrete practices in academic microcultures with a reputation for being strong in their teaching and learning as well as in their research function. We argue that the relationship between quality assurance and enacted quality practice needs to be... (More)
One of the main beliefs in quality assurance is that this activity – indirectly – will stimulate change in the work practices associated with teaching and learning in higher education. However, few studies have provided empirical evidence of the existence of such a link. Instead, quality assurance has created an unfortunate divide between formal rules and routines, and the daily practices in academia associated with teaching and learning. This article reports a study of ‘quality work’ – concrete practices in academic microcultures with a reputation for being strong in their teaching and learning as well as in their research function. We argue that the relationship between quality assurance and enacted quality practice needs to be understood in the light of how formal organizational structures, as well as cultural characteristics and academic aims, are balanced within working groups in universities. (Less)
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quality assurance, quality practices, academic microcultures, teaching and learning
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Higher Education
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Studies in Higher Education
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39
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534 - 545
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Taylor & Francis
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0307-5079
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10.1080/03075079.2012.709493
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English
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  author       = {Mårtensson, Katarina and Roxå, Torgny and Stensaker, Bjørn},
  issn         = {0307-5079},
  keyword      = {quality assurance,quality practices,academic microcultures,teaching and learning},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {534--545},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {Studies in Higher Education},
  title        = {From Quality Assurance to Quality Practices: an investigation of strong microcultures in teaching and learning},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2012.709493},
  volume       = {39},
  year         = {2014},
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