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 22 September, 2021 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2021.


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core definition

Skill is the ability to perform a task adeptly, using experience and professional knowledge.

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Colorado Department of Higher Education (undated) defines skills as:

The ability to use content, professional, and pedagogical knowledge effectively and readily in diverse teaching settings in a manner that ensures that all students are learning.

Wojtczak (2002) defines it as:

Skill: The ability to perform a task well, usually gained by training or experience; a systematic and coordinated pattern of mental and/or physical activity.

Harvey, Burrows and Green (1992) refers to the BTEC notion of common skills:

Common skills are defined as transferable skills which play and essential role in developing personal effectiveness in adult and working life and the application of specific vocational skills. The development of common skills is intended to provide a basis for continual learning and reflects the need for a more flexible work force. These common skills are: managing and developing self; working with and relating to others; communicating; managing tasks and solving problems; applying numeracy; applying technology; applying design and technology. BTECís view reflects the expressed concerns of employers

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Colorado Department of Higher Education (undated) Glossary available at accessed 28 August 2012, still available 11 January 2017.

Harvey, L., Burrows, A. and Green, D., 1992, Someone Who Can Make anImpression, Report of the Employers' Survey of Qualities of Higher Education Graduates (Birmingham, QHE).

Wojtczak, A., 2002, Glossary of Medical Education Terms,, December, 2000, Revised February 2002, accessed 2 September 2012, page not available 30 December 2016.

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