Teaching and research are the core functions of universities. But in Australia, we don’t value teaching

Tue, 23 May 2023 22:08:16 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Teaching and research are the two core functions of Australian universities.

But teaching has long been treated as the poor cousin of higher education. It
is generally considered low status, given little professional recognition, and
sometimes even seen as the domain of those academics who are not successful

Indeed, the Universities Accord terms of reference, released in November 2022,
didn’t explicitly include teaching as a priority theme for review. It was only
mentioned in passing in relation to access and affordability.

It was more prominently included in the accord discussion paper released in
February this year. This noted:

Strength in higher education teaching is a critical element in ensuring
strength in the sector as a whole.

While this ambition reaffirms the core role of teaching, this goal must now be
taken seriously. This needs to be through national and institutional
commitments to support quality teaching."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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