oa The Journal of Independent Teaching and Learning - Undertaking reviews in higher education institutions : prationers' corner



The notion of review is not new to academia. Indeed, some may argue that critical reflection is a foundation stone of any intellectual endeavour. However, the introduction and rapid global spread of formal, regulated review systems as part of the quality assurance wave sweeping higher education has not been enthusiastically embraced by academics in general. This article discusses the role and use of reviews in a higher education context and, after considering the relationship between reviews and quality assurance systems, identifies essential elements of review frameworks and suggests practices and strategies which may enhance the value and impact of reviews in higher education institutions.


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