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ERIC Number: EJ893170
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Forging Identities: The Experiences of Probationary Lecturers in the UK
Smith, Jan
Studies in Higher Education, v35 n5 p577-591 Aug 2010
This article concerns itself with how academic identities may come to be formed. Taking a longitudinal approach, stories of the experiences of probationary lecturers have been gathered and analysed, to outline an emergent typology of academic socialisation. Whilst the stories are unique to individuals, and the broader context of their experience is key, some overarching trajectories through the probationary period emerged from the data. For some, the transition to academic life is unremarkable, and identity is untroubled. For others, this appears to be a more troublesome time and a good deal of dissonance is encountered: an academic identity is hard fought and felt to be forged in difficult circumstances. The "underlying game" of UK higher education may thus be experienced as more confounding and inhospitable than we would hope. Attention to this "game" and explaining the "rules" may well be beneficial to new colleagues, smoothing a sometimes difficult journey. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom