Education Development and Leadership in Higher Education: Developing an Effective Institutional Strategy

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From a community of scholars to a company

Peter Ling


THE CONCEPT OF EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT WITHIN UNIVERSITIES

This book is concerned with education development. Development within organizations in general may be viewed as contrived change in the behaviour of people, processes and the organizational environment to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the institution in meeting its purposes. Likewise, within universities development relates to the behaviour of people who constitute the organization, the processes in which they engage, and the conventions and resources that enable and constrain them in carrying out their functions.

This book focuses on one area of development within universities - the development of learning and teaching. This does not mean that education development is confined only to the development of academics as teachers. For one thing, learning is facilitated by an increasingly complex array of personnel and technologies and for another, teaching takes place within organizational systems and structures that have a bearing on the efficacy and efficiency of the university in providing for learning. The book is concerned with development of the environment in which teaching occurs as well as with the development of academics and others who play a role in facilitation of learning. This environment includes organisational missions and goals, plans and strategies, structures and support systems, and quality assurance and improvement measures. Chapters 3, 6 and 7 address quality assurance, leadership and policy issues.

So is there a conventional wisdom about the function of education development and the means of achieving it? There are a number of features of the current era that render a single approach problematic. In this chapter some key changes in the environment in which universities operate and

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