There has been an explosion of interest in teaching excellence in higher education. Once labelled the ‘poor relation’ of the research/teaching divide, teaching is now firmly on the policy agenda; pressure on institutions to improve the quality of teaching has never been greater and significant funding seeks to promote teaching excellence in higher education institutions.

This book constitutes the first serious scrutiny of how and why it should be achieved. International perspectives from educational researchers, award winning teachers, practitioners and educational developers consider key topics, including:

  • policy initiatives
  • research-led teaching
  • teaching excellence and scholarship
  • the significance of academic disciplines
  • research into teaching excellence
  • rewarding through promotion
  • inclusive learning and ICT.

Teaching Excellence in Higher Education provides a guide for all those supporting, promoting and trying to achieve teaching excellence in higher education and sets the scene for teaching excellence as a field for serious investigation and critical enquiry.

chapter |12 pages


ByAlan Skelton

part I|76 pages

Conceptual challenges

chapter 1|17 pages

Excellence and the Good Society

ByJon Nixon

chapter 2|16 pages

Braided Practice

The Place of Scholarly Inquiry in Teaching Excellence
ByRichard A. Gale

chapter 3|12 pages

Beyond Performance in Teaching Excellence

ByBruce Macfarlane

chapter 4|14 pages

Teaching, Discipline, Net-Work

ByMiriam Zukas, Janice Malcolm

chapter 5|15 pages

Integrating Research and Teaching

Understanding Excellence
ByAngela Brew

part II|78 pages

Policy and discourse

chapter 6|12 pages

The Demotic Turn - Excellence by Fiat

BySue Clegg

chapter 7|14 pages

Policy Discourses About Teaching Excellence in a Transforming South Africa

ByRuth Searle, Sioux McKenna

chapter 8|16 pages

Critiquing Excellence

Undergraduate Research for All Students
ByAlan Jenkins, Mick Healey

chapter 9|14 pages

Tertiary Teaching Matters

Political Economy of a New Zealand Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence
ByJoce Jesson, Richard Smith

chapter 10|20 pages

Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in England

Recognising, Celebrating and Promoting Excellence?
ByDavid Gosling, Andrew Hannan

part III|102 pages

Developmental initiatives

chapter 11|14 pages

National Strategies for Promoting Excellence in Teaching

A Critical Review
ByVaneeta-marie D'Andrea

chapter 12|14 pages

Teaching Excellence in Higher Education in Japan

An Evolving Agenda
ByHugo Dobson, Yukako Mori

chapter 13|16 pages

Teaching Excellence in Context

Drawing from a Socio-Cultural Approach
ByJoëlle Fanghanel

chapter 14|13 pages

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2000-2006

Rest in Peace?
ByAlan Skelton

chapter 15|15 pages

Exploring Teaching Excellence in Canada

An Interrogation of Common Practices and Policies
ByCarolin Kreber

chapter 16|16 pages

Exploring and Developing Excellence

Towards a Community of Praxis
ByPhilippa Levy

chapter |12 pages


ByAlan Skelton