Hello Janette and all
Briefly (!) I think a key issue here is the context of the 'practice'. For practice to be acknowledged as 'good' it needs to have been judged as good according to criteria established by those who have legitimacy / authority in the context. On the other hand those subject to (or even outside) the context might have varying opinions of what 'good' might be in any particular circumstance - you might therefore have 'official' views about what is good that are opposed by others! How the notion of 'good' is then defended (by notions of 'evidence' or by examples of 'success' etc) then becomes critical!
A very complex - and interesting - question!
On 7 Feb 2013, at 11:58, "Janette Myers" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Once again, emailing for help with my homework! We are reviewing
mechanisms for disseminating good practice. I have been asked to collect
a shortlist of definitions of good practice, so my first thought was to
ask the list. Do you work with an established definition or do you have
an implicit one that you use?
My task is complicated because I have made the point to this committee
that good practice need not be new, it could be old and established and
that it involves sharing outcomes and evaluation, whether that
evaluation was positive or negative as both are valuable. This
definition was rejected and my punishment for stepping out of line is to
bring back other definitions to the next meeting
Dr Janette Myers
Senior Lecturer in Student Learning and Support,
Member of ALDinHE Steering Group and Chair of Professional Development Working Group
Division of Population Health Sciences and Education,
Section for Medical and Healthcare Education,
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St George's, University of London
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