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Promuovere la qualità della didattica universitaria. La Formative Educational Evaluation in uno studio pilota dell’Ateneo bolognese

Nicoletta Balzaretti, Ira Vannini


Promoting the quality of higher education teaching entails a focus on the innovation of teaching-learning processes in the university context that are both effectively oriented on developing high skills for all students and based on institutional conditions which are facilitating the quality of the teaching processes, and on qualified teachers. Within this perspective, we can place the Formative Educational Evaluation Project for the development of higher education Quality of Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna: it starts from an analysis of input, context, process and product quality indicators of a specific course of study in order to explore deeply teachers’ training needs and act effectively on them with appropriate training actions. The cyclic and recursive process started in the academic year 2016/2017; it puts the university professor as a focused and strategic element, the main actor of the renewal of higher education teaching and privileged observer of the teaching-learning contexts that take place within the Degree. The Pilot study’s first results and data on students and teachers are reported in this article; they brought the researchers into an analysis of teaching needs in the field of higher education.


Formative Educational Evaluation; Higher education quality; Pilot study; Teacher professional development research; University of Bologna

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7358/ecps-2018-018-balz


Journal of Educational, Cultural and Psychological Studies (ECPS)
Registered by Tribunale di Milano (19/05/2010 n. 278)
Online ISSN 2037-7924 - Print ISSN 2037-7932

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