Diversity Deficits: Resisting the TEF

Brogan, Andrew J (2020) Diversity Deficits: Resisting the TEF. In: Challenging the Teaching Excellence Framework: Diversity Deficits in Higher Education Evaluations. Great Debates in Higher Education . Emerald Publishing, Bingley. ISBN 9781787695368

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This chapter explores the creative possibilities available to academics to resist the seemingly pervasive controlling presence of the Teaching Excellence Framework. Drawing on the social theorist Michel de Certeau the author establishes higher education institutions as distinct places which attempt to control internal behaviour through a series of strategies. However, in these attempts blind-spots are created within and by the institution itself in which creative tactics can be used to establish spaces and practices of resistance.

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Additional Information: Synopsis: The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)’s aims, implementation and effect on the English higher education sector remains a controversial and often contested subject. This text offers a stimulating and wide-ranging interdisciplinary discussion of the implications of the TEF on the UK’s fast-moving policy environment, and increasingly neoliberal higher education sector. Questioning the basic premise of the TEF, the authors tease out how students and staff are affected in different and often unfair ways by its implementation. Whilst acknowledging that the TEF has focused management attention on ways in which a diverse student population is, or is not, supported in their learning, this book highlights how it remains problematically silent on other kinds of diversity in the system such as specialised courses, diverse teaching styles, and varying institution sizes. Offering readers ways of rethinking and resisting ‘teaching excellence’, this book provides a timely examination of how, in various ways, the TEF, seen as an exclusionary quality assurance system, is likely to reinforce extant structural inequalities and competitive hierarchies in the sector.
Date: 6 August 2020
Subjects: L200 Politics
X300 Academic studies in Education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE) > Re-thinking Higher Education Pedagogies and Practice
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE) > Re-thinking Practitioner Education and Professional Practice
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Education and Social Work
Depositing User: Andrew Brogan
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2020 11:05
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2020 03:00
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8694

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