A history and critique of quality evaluation in the UK

A history and critique of quality evaluation in the UK Purpose – To provide a history of the emergence of quality systems from the mid‐1980s. To show how quality became a primary policy concern in higher education policy. To map the development of quality processes and raise questions about dominant approaches and express concerns for the future. Design/methodology/approach – Historical document analysis. Findings – The problems in institutionalising quality are analysed and it is concluded that the British system of quality monitoring failed to engage with transformative learning and teaching. Practical implications – As the UK developments guided many other countries into developing a system of quality, the UK history of the emergence and development of quality processes 1985‐2005 is of interest to international readers. It identifies both good practice and what to avoid. Originality/value – The historical analysis reveals how quality evaluations were guided as much by political pragmatism as rational evaluation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality Assurance in Education Emerald Publishing

A history and critique of quality evaluation in the UK

Quality Assurance in Education, Volume 13 (4): 14 – Dec 1, 2005

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Emerald Publishing
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0968-4883
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10.1108/09684880510700608
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Abstract

Purpose – To provide a history of the emergence of quality systems from the mid‐1980s. To show how quality became a primary policy concern in higher education policy. To map the development of quality processes and raise questions about dominant approaches and express concerns for the future. Design/methodology/approach – Historical document analysis. Findings – The problems in institutionalising quality are analysed and it is concluded that the British system of quality monitoring failed to engage with transformative learning and teaching. Practical implications – As the UK developments guided many other countries into developing a system of quality, the UK history of the emergence and development of quality processes 1985‐2005 is of interest to international readers. It identifies both good practice and what to avoid. Originality/value – The historical analysis reveals how quality evaluations were guided as much by political pragmatism as rational evaluation.

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Quality Assurance in EducationEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 1, 2005

Keywords: Quality; Higher education; Educational policy; United Kingdom

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