The Philosophy Teaching Assessment System and Its Enlightenments of British Universities

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The Philosophy Teaching Assessment System and Its Enlightenments of British Universities


Zhimin, Tan, Wenting, Xu, Cross - Cultural Communication


Abstract

As a basic element of the university teaching quality monitoring, teaching assessment has become an indispensable part of university teaching management. Only by ensuring its effectiveness can teach assessment promote university teaching quality. As a basic discipline in the UK higher education, philosophy is the investigation of those very general and fundamental questions which are about about knowledge, reality, mind, morality, logic, language, reasoning, politics art, and value, and these question have drawn attention, The University of Oxford and University of Cambridge are the two most well-known university which are called the "crown" of UK higher education. This paper mainly takes Oxford and Cambridge as the cases of study, which is based on the two external and internal quality assurance systems of UK higher education, The study sums up the commonalities and particularities of standards for the philosophy teaching assessment of the two British universities and analyzes the organization and implementation, aiming to obtain a deeper understanding of it, and points out its enlightenments for the quality assessment of higher education in China.

Key words: British universities; Philosophy teaching assessment; Quality assurance

INTRODUCTION

Philosophy is the most important knowledge of mankind and is the basis for all disciplines. Before the birth of sclence- everr nationality and country in the West are committed to study philosophy. The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle once pointed out that there was no more valuable to science than philosophy. Philosophy is not as useless as we imagine5 on the contrary5 it involves people,s world outlook and outlook Qn Ufc and closely relates tQ the ways we behave. Currently5 higher educati0n in many countries pays more attention to the humanistic yalue and significance of philosophy and emphasizes on the university philosophy education .Throughout history, philosophy has been enjoying a high status in Britain, and philosophy teaching assessment is the theme of UK higher education research and one of the indispensable parts to ensure British its teaching quality. After the accumulation, inheritance and innovation of history, UK higher education has established a unique and quite effective philosophy teaching assessment system. Among them, faculties 0f philosophy at University of Oxford and University 0f Cambridge rank among the first-class faculties of philosophy. Therefore, it is particularly necessary to ieam from the British universities' philosophy teaching assessment system. This paper is intended to take faculties of philosophy at Oxford and Cambridge as cases of study, combining British external and internal higher education quality assurance system, to explore the effectiveness of the philosophy teaching assessment system of British universities.

1. THE IMPLEMENTATION BODIES OF THE PHILOSOPHY TEACHING ASSESSMENT SYSTEM OF BRITISH UNIVERSITIES

The philosophy teaching assessment system of British universities is closely related to the UK Higher Education Quality Assurance System, which has the external and internal parts. The external part means the external monitoring and assessment system, which is mainly implemented by the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (hereinafter referred to as QAA); the internal part refers to the organization and procedure system among universities and colleges aiming to improve the teaching quality. Thus, the philosophy teaching assessment system of British universities includes two assessment bodies: the external QAA and the internal Academic Committees of universities and colleges.

1.1 The External Assessment Implementation Body: QAA

QAA was established in March 1997, based on the Higher Education Quality Council (HEQC) and the Higher Education Funding Councils (HEFCs). In its nature, QAA is an independent unofficial agency donated by HEQC and universities and colleges, aiming to assure good teaching standards and promote continuous improvement of the higher education quality. …

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