The accreditation of university teachers: an optometric viewpoint
Schmid, Katrina L. (1998) The accreditation of university teachers: an optometric viewpoint. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 81(3), pp. 104-111.
The issue of whether university teachers should be required to gain a formal teaching qualification is currently under debate. In the United Kingdom, the development of an accreditation system for university teachers is well advanced. In the future, Australian university teachers may be required to either: 1. prove their teaching competency 2. undertake teaching courses as part of their induction program. Of the current full-time academic staff of the optometry schools in Australia and New Zealand, about 15 per cent have undertaken university courses on higher education teaching: two of 10, one of 12, one of six and one of six for the optometry schools at the Queensland University of Technology, The University of New South Wales, The University of Melbourne and The University of Auckland, respectively. In terms of undergraduate optometry students' views, of those who responded (43 per cent of QUT third and fourth year students) to a survey on a range of teaching and learning issues, 20 out of 26 thought that a teaching qualification should be a requirement, while only six thought that it was not necessary. It has been suggested that an accredited training system is one way of ensuring that university teachers have the skills to deal with a dynamic teaching environment and the challenges of the future. The quality of teaching in universities has particular relevance to the optometric profession both in terms of undergraduate students and postgraduate experiences.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||lecturers, university teachers, teacher training, quality, optometry, HERN|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health|
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 1998 Optometrists Association Australia|
|Copyright Statement:||Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher: Issues published between 1998-2005 are available free online - use hypertext link above.|
|Deposited On:||01 Dec 2006|
|Last Modified:||02 Feb 2012 19:45|
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