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Peer Review of Teaching (PRT) and Scholarship. SRHE Conference 18 December 2003 Richard Blackwell. ‘Peer review’. External Examining (UK) Refereeing Research and Teaching Assessment (UK) POT (USA, UK, Australia) Peer Mentoring (UK & USA) Teaching Circles (USA mainly)

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Peer review of teaching prt and scholarship

Peer Review of Teaching (PRT) and Scholarship

SRHE Conference 18 December 2003

Richard Blackwell


Peer review
‘Peer review’

  • External Examining (UK)

  • Refereeing

  • Research and Teaching Assessment (UK)

  • POT (USA, UK, Australia)

  • Peer Mentoring (UK & USA)

  • Teaching Circles (USA mainly)

  • Course Development and Review (USA)

  • ‘Course Portfolios’ (USA)


In uk prt usually means pot
In UK PRT usually means POT

  • Pairs, triads, circles in depts (most HEIs)

  • Educational Developer led (initial training in UK and Australia)

  • External Inspection of HEIs

    • HMI & then TQA in 1990s

    • QAA Audit no longer requires it (but..)

  • CIF for HE in FE


Models of pot
Models of POT

  • Assessor (for rewards)

    • e.g. performance pay

  • Quality Evaluator

    • e.g. TQA, OFSTED

  • Development

    • e.g. S/ed developer in initial training

  • Peer

    • e.g. Dept colleagues

      • Developed from Gosling [2002]


Prt in usa
PRT in USA

  • AAHE PRT Project 1994-98

  • 5 HEI based project (2001- )

  • Fellowship – 1yr

  • Course design, teaching practices, student understandings

  • Essays, other interactions (e.g. POT)

  • Reflective ‘Course Portfolio’


Prt benefits
PRT benefits

  • ‘Making Learning Visible’ 24 March UNL

  • Exposes intellectual work underlying curriculum development and teaching

  • Holistic learning approach

  • Formative peer processes

  • External review & summative outcome


Is this scholarship
Is this Scholarship?

  • Goals, preparation, appropriate methods

  • Significant results, effective presentation

  • Reflective critique (Glassick)

  • Reworking and redefinition of knowledge

  • Based on and tested by logic, evidence and demonstrability to a wider public (Kogan)

  • ‘Scholarly teaching’: content R informed AND T informed by pedagogical knowledge.


Pot and scholarship
POT and Scholarship

  • Reflection on teaching practice

    • Evidence of benefits to teachers

  • Public discussion of teaching

  • Rewards & public re-assured about ‘quality’

  • Performance and practice oriented

  • Scholarly teaching not ‘scholarship’?

  • Connected to pedagogical literature?

  • Student learning benefits?


Further information
Further Information

  • www.seda.ac.uk

  • www.ltsn.ac.uk/genericcentre/ > projects > peer observation of teaching (includes web/bibliography)

  • www.aahe.org/teaching/peer_review.htm

  • www.unl.edu/peerrev

  • [email protected]

    [In a personal capacity. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of his current or past employers].


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