Training and support of sessional staff to improve quality of teaching and learning at universities

Knott, Gillian, Crane, Linda, Heslop, Ian, and Glass, Beverley (2015) Training and support of sessional staff to improve quality of teaching and learning at universities. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 79 (5). 72. pp. 1-8.

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Abstract

Sessional staff is increasingly involved in teaching at universities, playing a pivotal role in bridging the gap between theory and practice for students, especially in the health professions, including pharmacy. Although sessional staff numbers have increased substantially in recent years, limited attention has been paid to the quality of teaching and learning provided by this group. This review will discuss the training and support of sessional staff, with a focus on Australian universities, including the reasons for and potential benefits of training, and structure and content of training programs. Although sessional staff views these programs as valuable, there is a lack of in-depth evaluations of the outcomes of the programs for sessional staff, students and the university. Quality assurance of such programs is only guaranteed, however, if these evaluations extend to the impact of this training and support on student learning.

Item ID: 40433
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1553-6467
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Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2015 00:47
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1115 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences > 111503 Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 100%
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