Category Archives: EDEV_503

EDEV_503 Week 8_3

I really liked your question about the balance between quality assurance and other measures. And in particular I found myself nodding in agreement with Nicholson when she said; “A common criticism of quality assurance is that it pays little attention … Continue reading

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EDEV_503 Week 8_2

Thanks for your insightful and thought-provoking account of the “three competing goals” underpinning the purpose of education (Saichaie & Morphew, 2014). Saichaie and Morphew (2014) draw upon Labaree’s categorisation of educational purposes as “democratic equality, social efficiency and social mobility” … Continue reading

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EDEV_503 Week 8_1

Thank you for your fascinating question. While not directly related to higher education, the focus of our discussion, secondary and high school graduation levels will have some impact in the entry level to university. The idea that the A-level awarding … Continue reading

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Mod 3 Week 8 Initial Post

“Quality assurance, assessment and accountability are all major issues in higher education;” begins the week discussion outline. Personally speaking, I’ve been asked to consider if I have a contrarian streak. Quite possibly I do, but rather, I prefer to reframe … Continue reading

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EDEV_503 Week 7_5

From my brief survey of the English student loan system from the Student Loan Company (a government owned organisation), I found the following information: Your student loan is cancelled 30 years after you become eligible to repay. There are other … Continue reading

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EDEV_503 Week 7_3

V, you ask a thoroughly interesting question about retention rates. I’d like to take up your offer to look at why implementation of theory into this is problematic. Tinto (2007) summarises much of what is known about why students drop … Continue reading

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EDEV_503 Week 7_2

In your recommendations to INTI, you suggest promoting social justice through focussing on retention and outcomes. There is the possibility that INTI’s first-year intake numbers are due to the need for income from fees rather than from the desire for … Continue reading

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EDEV_503 Week 7_1

I’ve just come back from a 4-day conference in which I gave 2 academic presentations, hosted a few educational business meetings and generally had a fantastic time. But now I’m exhausted. I hope that what I write here actually makes … Continue reading

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Mod 3 Week 7 Initial Post

With no weekly discussions for a month and with every other task being team-based, I’ve had to skip to week 7 before contributing more to this blog. However, this week was also the JALT International Conference at which I gave … Continue reading

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Meritocracy in Japan schools

You ask a fascinating question which has impact on many levels. Hofstede‘s (2015) cultural dimensions show that the Japanese have both high levels of masculinity and long-term orientation. The masculinity dimension is an indicator of the degree to which the … Continue reading

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