Strengthening Teaching and Learning in Research Universities

Strategies and Initiatives for Institutional Change

  • Bjørn Stensaker
  • Grahame T. Bilbow
  • Lori Breslow
  • Rob van der Vaart

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Bjørn Stensaker, Grahame T. Bilbow, Lori Breslow, Rob van der Vaart
    Pages 1-18
  3. Bjørn Stensaker, Rob van der Vaart, Tone Dyrdal Solbrekke, Line Wittek
    Pages 19-41
  4. Kathleen M. Quinlan, Herman Buelens, Mieke Clement, Julia Horn, Camilla Østerberg Rump
    Pages 43-71
  5. Hetty Grunefeld, Frans Prins, Jan van Tartwijk, Rob van der Vaart, Daphne Loads, Jon Turner et al.
    Pages 73-101
  6. Grahame T. Bilbow, Dai Hounsell, Tracy Zou
    Pages 161-185
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 215-228

About this book


This book offers a range of approaches and specific examples of how a sample of internationally leading research-intensive universities, from a variety of regions around the world, work to improve teaching and learning. It describes and analyzes broad university initiatives and approaches that have the potential of driving institution-wide change processes in teaching and learning, thus providing a link between strategic ambitions and cultural transformation in the universities. Globally, research-intensive universities are increasingly pressured to increase their performance in both research and education. However, while much focus internationally has been devoted to how universities are working to boost their research performance, less is known about how internationally leading universities are working to improve teaching and learning. Through comparative cases drawn from universities in Europe, Asia and the US, key practices and lessons are identified and showcased providing a unique insight into the ways internationally leading research universities work to support and enhance staff engagement in teaching and learning. It will be essential reading for researchers and advanced students working in Higher Education and Sociology, particularly those with an interest in comparative studies. 


students as researchers excellence in teaching and learning academic development teaching academies developing educational leadership

Editors and affiliations

  • Bjørn Stensaker
    • 1
  • Grahame T. Bilbow
    • 2
  • Lori Breslow
    • 3
  • Rob van der Vaart
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.CETLThe University of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong
  3. 3.Sloan School of ManagementMITCambridge, MAUSA
  4. 4.Department of EducationUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-56498-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-56499-9
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