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Scholarship and professional profiling: possibilities for promoting quality in higher education

Bitzer, E M

Abstract:
This article introduces the concept of scholarly quality from a historical perspective and reflects involvement in affirming scholarly work at two universities in South Africa - firstly from the experience of a staff developer and, secondly, from the viewpoint of an academic practitioner. The scholarly roles of the academic practitioner as identified by Boyer are explored and linked to at least five reigning perspectives of the concept of quality as well as the notion of standards. Profiling and portfolios are highlighted as important elements of scholarly quality in higher education, particularly in a developing higher education  context. Scholarship profiling guidelines, spanning the four scholarly roles of Boyer, are provided, as well as an example of performance expectancies at the professorial level as developed as part of a system for the enhancement of scholarly quality at one university. Finally, the need for proper documentation of scholarly work for quality purposes is proposed.

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Title of Paper: Scholarship and professional profiling: possibilities for promoting quality in higher education


Date:2004
Document Type:Other
Subject Area:Staff
Country:South Africa
Keywords:South Africa, Quality of Higher Education, Academic Standards, Performance Indicators, Academic Work, Faculty


File Size:112 KB
Date Added:30 January 2007


Bitzer, EM. ( 2004 ). Scholarship and professional profiling: possibilities for promoting quality in higher education, South African Journal of Higher Education 18( 1 ): 19-37