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Identifying the potential organizational impact of an educational peer review program

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The literature on educational peer review (EPR) has focused on evaluating EPR's impact on faculty and/or student learning outcomes; no literature exists on the potential organizational impact. A qualitative (case study) research design explored perceptions of 17 faculty and 10 administrators within a school of nursing in an Ontario university regarding the potential impact of an EPR program on organizational goals. Findings suggested that the implementation of an EPR program may increase consistency in the delivery of the curriculum, provide opportunities for faculty development, act as a method of teaching evaluation, and enhance faculty retention. Higher education institutions may be more likely to provide the resources required for EPR if the organizational benefits can be demonstrated. La documentation au sujet de “l'evaluation educative par les pairs” (educational peer review) (EPR) est centree sur l'etude d'impact de l'EPR sur les objectifs d'apprentissage (learning outcomes) des enseignants et/ou des etudiants; il n'existe aucune documentation portant sur l'impact organisationnel potentiel. Cette recherche qualitative (etudes de cas) a permis d'explorer les perceptions a l'egard de l'impact potentiel d'un programme d'EPR sur les objectifs organisationnels de 17 enseignants et 10 administrateurs provenant d'une ecole de sciences infirmieres rattachee a une universite de l'Ontario (Canada). Les resultats suggerent que l'implantation d'un programme d'EPR peut accroitre la constance de mise en œuvre du cursus, fournir des occasions de developpement pedagogique, servir de methode d'evaluation de l'enseignement, et ameliorer la retention du corps enseignant. Les institutions d'enseignement superieur seront peut-etre davantage susceptibles de fournir les ressources necessaires a l'EPR si l'on peut faire la preuve de ses benefices organisationnels.

Keywords: educational peer review; faculty development; organizational benefits; organizational impact

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13601440903529943

Affiliations: School of Nursing, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Publication date: March 1, 2010

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