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ERIC Number: EJ817641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
Learning in Academia Is More than Academic Learning: Action Research in Academic Practice for and with Medical Academics
Trevitt, Chris
Educational Action Research, v16 n4 p495-515 Dec 2008
Academic learning traditionally involves research, and the production of journal papers, books, etc. "Learning in academia" refers to academics becoming more skilful in what they do. It is what legal or medical clinicians would refer to as continuing professional education (or development) (CPE/D) which, by analogy, invokes the notion of CPE in academic practice. Action research and reflective practice through action learning processes in a graduate programme in higher education are used to promote such learning. Participants are mid-career medics. Five themes stand out: mapping the terrain to be addressed; creating the required "space for learning"; keeping projects confined in scope; assessment and the shift in emphasis from "content" to "process"; and, achieving a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts. Many attributes of threshold concepts are evident, but conceiving of learning as progress along a continuum rather than crossing a singular threshold is favoured. Issues to do with promulgating CPE/D in academia, identity construction, rethinking learning, and universities are briefly addressed. (Contains 1 table and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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