Analytic Quality Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-21, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 18 June, 2021 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2021.


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core definition

A seminar is, ideally, a small-group teaching situation in which a subject is discussed, in depth, by the participants.

explanatory context

Seminars are not always as small as the optimum maximum of 15 people. In some settings, seminars are hardly indistinguishable from classes or lectures, with the teaching presenting material to the students with minimum interaction.

analytical review

The Irish Higher Education Authority define seminar as:

Study group in a certain subject conducted by a teacher. (HEA, 2004)


For the Northeast Texas Network Consortium (2002) refer to it thus:

Seminar: Most commonly offered as upper-level and graduate courses, these are small classes of approximately 15 students each, designed to facilitate intensive study of specific subject areas.

associated issues


related areas

See also



Higher Education Authority (HEA) [of Ireland] 2004, Glossary, no longer available, 29 January 2011.

Northeast Texas Network Consortium (NTNC), 2002, Distance Learning College Glossary. , accessed 20 September 2012, still available 11 January 2017.

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