Performance Measures – Compensation for Research and Teaching Outcomes in the Higher Education System the Case of Israel – A Comparative View
Prof. Nitza Davidovitch, Prof. Zilla Sinuani-Stern, Prof. Dan Soen

Teachers in academia are usually not required to have teacher training but must often be evaluated by their students, who expect them to have much better teaching qualifications than their high school teachers. However, teachers in elementary and high schools are required to go through several years of teacher-training, resulting in a teaching certificate, which is usually mandatory in the secondary school system. This anomaly causes great tension in colleges and universities, and often results in pressure to "improve" teaching evaluation in regard to academic level. In many countries, a doctorate degree in any field automatically allows its holder to teach in academic institutions, because the students are expected to learn on their own, while the professor is the expert, responsible for helping with complicated questions. These discrepancies often hamper the advances of higher education. This paper presents the situation of teaching in higher education in selected countries, while presenting various paradigms for improving the state of teaching in higher education. The aim is to study the methodologies used to assess the quality of teaching in higher education systems in general and in Israel specifically.

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