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Peer Review of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

International Perspectives

  • Judyth Sachs
  • Mitch Parsell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. William Buskist, Emad A. Ismail, James E. Groccia
      Pages 33-52
    3. Jemina Napier, Mehdi Riazi, Christa Jacenyik-Trawoger
      Pages 53-66
    4. Trudy Ambler, Meena Chavan, Jennifer Clarke, Nicole Matthews
      Pages 67-84
    5. Michael Hitchens
      Pages 85-102
  3. Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Wendy R. Kilfoil
      Pages 105-123
    3. Andrelyn C. Applebee
      Pages 125-136
    4. Marina Harvey, Ian Solomonides
      Pages 137-149
  4. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Mick Healey, Trudy Ambler, Malin Irhammar, Wendy Kilfoil, Judith Lyons
      Pages 201-219

About this book


Incorporating both theoretical and practical perspectives, this volume of papers explores varied aspects of peer review of teaching in higher education. The section on theory features contributions from academics based in Europe, North America and Australia. It provides a number of models demonstrating ways in which collegial peer commentary can enhance the quality of learning and teaching. The chapters examine in detail the importance of communication and leadership, and deploy evidence from one-on-one interviews that evince the value of considering collegiality, emotions, attitudes, and spaces in peer review. The analysis shows how these factors are central to the ways in which lecturers and teachers communicate with each other to create constructive opportunities for learning. 

The chapters on practical considerations detail the peer review process and include case studies from institutions in Africa, Europe, North America and Australia, which focus on different areas of the topic, including peer review as a quality assurance mechanism, peer review in distance education, peer review in foundation courses, and peer review embedded within a department and across a university. The book ends with an international perspective on the role of peer review in ensuring a holistic approach to quality enhancement in learning and teaching.


Authority and power relationships Collaborative review Collegiality in peer review Communication in peer review David Gosling Departmental peer observation Developmental model of peer observation and review Embedding peer review of learning and teaching External peer observation and review Internal peer observation and review Interpersonal relations in peer review Intrapersonal leadership development Leadership in peer review Maureen Bell Models of peer review in higher education Online peer observation Peer enhancement Peer evaluation in teaching Peer observation of teaching Peer review guides and forms Peer review in higher education teaching Peer review in universities Peer review of learning and teaching Peer-review-model Peer-supported review of teaching Peer-to-peer interactions Power relations in peer review Process of peer review Quality enhancement of learning and teaching Self-assessment and self-monitoring Value of peer review

Editors and affiliations

  • Judyth Sachs
    • 1
  • Mitch Parsell
    • 2
  1. 1.Macquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Human SciencesMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Peer Review of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Book Subtitle International Perspectives
  • Editors Judyth Sachs
    Mitch Parsell
  • Series Title Professional Learning and Development in Schools and Higher Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Professional.Learning,Dev.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-7638-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-024-0654-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-7639-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 219
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Learning & Instruction
    Higher Education
    Administration, Organization and Leadership
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