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ERIC Number: EJ1017993
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0818-8068
Engaging or Training Sessional Staff: Evidence from an Australian Case of Enhanced Engagement and Motivation in Teaching Delivery
Byers, Philippa; Tni, Massimiliano
Australian Universities' Review, v56 n1 p13-21 2014
This paper examines the effectiveness of a programme of weekly meetings between sessional staff and the unit coordinator of a large first-year class at an Australian university. Interviews with sessional staff indicate that, in addition to training and targeted professional development initiatives, management initiatives that promote engagement matter for the motivation of individual sessional staff members and the overall quality and cohesiveness of course delivery. This result aligns with a key finding from the employee engagement literature, namely, that a local manager who is directly concerned with the day-to-day work of employees plays a crucial role in translating their knowledge and skills into high quality outcomes. In this instance, it is quality learning outcomes for undergraduate students. We discuss potential benefits and impediments to a serious focus on the employee engagement of sessional staff, which we contrast with the current focus within the higher education sector on generic training and skills development initiatives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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