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Resources, student:staff ratios and teaching quality in British higher education: some speculations aroused by Jenkins and Smith

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A comment on Jenkins A and Smith P 1993 'Expansion, efficiency and teaching quality' Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers NS 18 500-15

The relationship between the amount spent per student in British universities and the 'quality' of the outcomes (measured by the proportion of students getting a 'good honours degree') is a focus of much contemporary political debate clouded by imprecise definitions of quality. The observed empirical relationship - that as resources have declined, quality has increased - is counter-intuitive. This commentary seeks to clarify the issues and suggests why the paradoxical relationship occurs.

Keywords: UK; assessment; quality; standards; teaching

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Publication date: September 1, 1994

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