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ERIC Number: EJ1069739
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-144X
The Chameleon on a Tartan Rug: Adaptations of Three Academic Developers' Professional Identities
Kensington-Miller, Barbara; Renc-Roe, Joanna; Morón-García, Susan
International Journal for Academic Development, v20 n3 p279-290 2015
This paper builds on discussions of academic developers' identity experienced as a discomfiting, troubled, and often marginal space. Three experienced academic developers, located in research-intensive institutions in three different countries, using auto-ethnographic writing and a shared narrative inquiry, explore moments of congruence and conflict. While there are elements that sustain them in their job, the categorisation of their role can impact on their ability to do their job, undermining their credibility. This can prevent them from engaging in research that could enrich practice in their institutions and inform institutional strategy or change the culture in teaching and learning. Instead they are forced into discomfit: having to defend their right to be involved in the institutional discussions. The most worrying issue is the pervasive trend in the change of academic developers' status (from tenure-track academic peers to professionals).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hungary; New Zealand; United Kingdom (England)
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