Peer Review of Teaching in Australian Higher Education
One of the ironies of higher education is that while peer review of research is a firmly established and internationally recognised cornerstone of academic scholarship, peer review of teaching — the practice of colleagues providing feedback on one another’s teaching — has little or no prominence in university policies and does not feature strongly in academic cultures and practices.
This is true of Australia too. Peer review of teaching is not universally practised in Australian universities. However, there is some evidence that the potential of peer review to contribute to enhancing university teaching is recognised. A number of universities have adopted or experimented with strategies to encourage peer review of teaching, including through incorporation in academic development programs, references in human resources policies and, in some cases, the implementation of systematic programs at institutional, faculty or departmental levels. Despite this, peer review is an infrequent and generally piecemeal activity.
Authors: Kerril-Lee Harris, Kelly Farrell, Maureen Bell, Marcia Devlin and Richard James