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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-17, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International, http://www.qualityresearchinternational.com/glossary/

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 2 January, 2017 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2017.

 

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Best practice


core definition

Best practice refers to effective, ideal or paradigmatic practice within an organisation that others would benefit from adopting or adapting.


explanatory context

Best practice may refer to activities within institutions, such as learning and teaching or research activities, to organisational structures within higher education institutions or to the appropriate practices of evaluation agencies.


analytical review

The UNESCO definiton (2004) of best practice was:

A superior method or an innovative process involving an actual accepted range of safe and reasonable practices resulting in the improved performance of a higher education institution or programme, usually recognized as “best” by other peer organizations. A best practice does not necessarily represent an absolute, ultimate example or pattern, the application of which assures the improved performance of a higher education institution or programme; rather, it has to do with identifying the best approach to a specific situation, as institutions and programmes vary greatly in constituencies and scope. (Vlãsceanu, et al., 2004, p. 30)


The modified UNESCO(2007) definiton is:

A method or an innovative process involving a range of safe and reasonable practices resulting in the improved performance of a higher education institution or programme, usually recognized as “best” by other peer organizations. A best practice does not necessarily represent an absolute, ultimate example or pattern, its application assures the improved performance of a higher education institution or programme; rather, it identifies the best approach to a specific situation, as institutions and programmes vary greatly in constituencies and scope. (Vlãsceanu, et al., 2007, p. 41)

 

A different approach emphasises sharing and mutual support. In developing and promoting collaboration between higher education institutions and Training and Enterprise Councils, HEFCE defined best practice as follows:

Best practice is defined as a relationship based on long-term commitment, shared goals and mutual aims, which can be called a 'strategic partnership'. (HEFCE/DFEE, 1997)


associated issues

 


related areas

See also

improvement


Sources

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Department for Education and Employment  (DfEE), 1997, Best Practice in Collaboration between Higher Education Institutions and Training and Enterprise Councils Report, M7/97, May, Bristol, HEFCE. For details see http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/hefce/1997/m7_97.htm, accessed 20 September 2012, still available 31 December 2016.

Vlãsceanu, L., Grünberg, L., and Pârlea, D., 2004, Quality Assurance and Accreditation: A Glossary of Basic Terms and Definitions (Bucharest, UNESCO-CEPES) Papers on Higher Education, ISBN 92-9069-178-6, available at http://www.aic.lv/bolona/Bologna/contrib/UNESCO/QA&A%20Glossary.pdf, accessed 20 September 2012, still available 31 December 2016.

Vlãsceanu, L.,  Grünberg, L., and Pârlea, D., 2007,  Quality Assurance and Accreditation: A Glossary of Basic Terms and Definitions ( Bucharest , UNESCO-CEPES) Revised and updated edition. ISBN 92-9069-186-7. Available at http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0013/001346/134621e.pdf, accessed 31 December 2016.


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