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RepGrid: a new way of identifying and assessing teaching competency

Praveen Kumar Srivastava (Department of Learning and Development, Shark Certification Pvt Ltd, Indore, India)
Manish Gupta (Department of HR, IBS Hyderabad, a Constituent of IFHE, Deemed to be University, Hyderabad, India)
Bhavna Jaiswal (Department of HR, IBS Hyderabad, Hyderbad, India)

Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education

ISSN: 2050-7003

Article publication date: 16 July 2020

Issue publication date: 4 May 2021



This study illustrates the use of the repertory grid in identifying and assessing effective teaching competencies.


The data were collected from two subsamples that consist of business management students and engineering students. The systematic repertory grid (RepGrid) method was performed to identify broad effective teaching competencies.


Broad effective teaching competencies found in the study include teaching approach, behavioral orientation, subject expertise, and communication skills among others.

Research limitations/implications

Interestingly, the responses of the subsamples differ in the competencies identified and the weights assigned to a particular competency. Further, the results indicate the importance of having a “context” and thereby challenge the concept of generic teaching competencies.

Practical implications

The universities are encouraged to use RepGrid technique to assess effective teaching competencies of their faculty members.


The techniques for developing teaching competency models by some prior studies have several inherent flaws including the efficiency and effectiveness of data collection. The study takes forward the suggestions of scholars to use a rigorous technique, repertory grid, to overcome several of these flaws to a large extent.



Srivastava, P.K., Gupta, M. and Jaiswal, B. (2021), "RepGrid: a new way of identifying and assessing teaching competency", Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 577-590.



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