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ERIC Number: EJ815044
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1360-144X
Challenging Performative Fabrication: Seeking Authenticity in Academic Development Practice
MacKenzie, Heather; McShane, Kim; Wilcox, Susan
International Journal for Academic Development, v12 n1 p45-54 May 2007
This paper explores tensions between individual desires to enact the work of academic development practice in ways that foster authenticity, and the pressure to fabricate proper identities in the service of the performative university. Through auto-ethnographic inquiry, three academic developers together ask, "How are we and our practices true to who we are, to our colleagues and university, and to the purposes of higher education?" Our writing aims to encourage reflection on the moral and ethical dimensions of the work of academic development. Our discussion identifies particular individual and collective strategies of healing and transformation that will lead academics, and academic developers, toward a more authentic practice. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada