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ERIC Number: EJ886608
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Academic Architectures: Academic Perceptions of Teaching Conditions in an Australian University
Hardy, Ian
Studies in Higher Education, v35 n4 p391-404 Jun 2010
This article reports a case study of academics' perceptions of how the conditions under which they worked, at one campus of a multi-site regional Australian university, influenced their teaching practices. The data comprise transcripts of periodic meetings of a group of seven education academics, as they reflected upon the nature of their teaching practices during the first half of 2008. To understand how the conditions under which they worked were perceived to influence their teaching practices, the study applies the concept of 'practice architectures' to participants' perceptions. The concept of practice architectures frames the social world as comprising interacting socio-political, material-economic and cultural-discursive dimensions, which collectively influence and are influenced by those who constitute any social setting. The study indicates that political, material and cultural pressures for increased use of new teaching technologies were seen as partially responsible for stimulating productive teaching practices. However, political, cultural and material pressures supportive of increased accountability and economic productivity, and of increased student demands and diversity without adequate resourcing, were believed to inhibit more productive teaching practices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia