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The Modernisation of European Universities

Cross-National Academic Perspectives

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Edited By Marek Kwiek and Andrzej Kurkiewicz

The recent decade brought about new ways of thinking about universities. European-level educational policies became increasingly influential as the agenda of university reforms was viewed as part of greater Lisbon strategy reforms. National governments adopted the economic concept of the university consistently developed in subsequent official documents of the European Commission. The EU member states currently need to balance their educational policies between the requirements of policies promoted by the EU and the requirements of their national systems. Additionally, the national educational policies are under high pressure due to globalisation. European universities and European academics operate in the midst of these large-scale changes. Their interpretations of and their responses to what is termed «the modernisation agenda of European universities» are at the core of this volume.

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Chapter 7: Ensuring the Quality of Teaching and Learningin the Higher Education Modernisation Agenda. Andrzej Kraśniewski

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Chapter 7 Ensuring the Quality of Teaching and Learning in the Higher Education Modernisation Agenda Andrzej Kraśniewski 1. Introduction Quality in higher education is a very wide topic. In this chapter, we focus on the quality of teaching and learning. We discuss this issue in the context of the statements made in the latest Communication of the European Commission on the modernisation of Europe's higher education systems (European Commission 2011a). Ensuring a high quality of teaching and learning is key for the competitive- ness of European higher education. Therefore, as stated by the European Uni- versity Association, “quality and improving quality is at the heart of the Bologna Process reforms, and the European QA architecture - the European Standards and Guidelines (ESGs), the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR), and the annual European QA Forum (EQAF) – are among the most concrete and successful aspects of Bologna” (EUA 2011). Quality, including quality of teaching, is mentioned several times in the EC Communication. Its significance for the modernisation of higher education is, in particular, underlined in the concluding section of the document where it is stat- ed: “The Commission will also draw upon external expertise to develop progres- sive policies and identify innovative practices. As a first step, in 2012, it will establish a high-level group with a rolling mandate to analyse key topics for the modernisation of higher education, starting with the promotion of excellence in teaching and reporting in 2013”. The significance of ensuring a high quality of teaching is...

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