ERIC Number: EJ837596
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
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Interpreting a Community of Practice Perspective in Discipline-Specific Professional Development in Higher Education
Blanton, Maria L.; Stylianou, Despina A.
Innovative Higher Education, v34 n2 p79-92 Jun 2009
Through this study we explored a community of practice framework applied to faculty professional development at a mid-size state university in order to examine the issues unique to discipline-specific professional development in higher education. Through content-focused professional development activities conducted by the authors, several key areas were identified that point to challenges in building a faculty community of teaching practice: (a) the need for a culture of professional development, (b) developing old-timers and recruiting newcomers, (c) the need for teaching scholars to coordinate professional development, (d) challenging the "culture of service", and (e) the need for a language to mediate thinking about practice.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Faculty Development, Professional Development, Teaching Methods, Communities of Practice, State Universities, Student Recruitment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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