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Balanced interests : towards a holistic sociology of higher education

This paper provides one model for reflecting holistically on the practice and outcomes of evaluation in higher education institutions. It identifies three discrete but related areas of activity, each of which has distinctive interests which determine appropriate and legitimate evaluation approaches. The three interests are a managerial interest in control of organisational operations, interests of participants in teaching and study activities and interests of learners in their learning. Concern is expressed that, in the current environment, there is an imbalance of power among these three areas of activity. The power of information technologies to monitor and coordinate activities in education institutions aligns with managerial interests establishing discourses of control that take priority over teaching and study processes and over the quality of learning itself The paper applies the suggested tripartite model to analyse the primary interests in evaluations and applies this analysis to evaluations of interactive video-conferencinq in one university.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Start Page

141

End Page

164

Number of Pages

24

Start Date

01/01/2004

ISBN-10

0975728911

Location

Melbourne, Australia

Publisher

Centre for Higher Education Quality (CHEQ), Monash University

Place of Publication

Clayton, Victoria

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Division of Teaching and Learning Services; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

Evaluation Forum