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ERIC Number: EJ927702
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0951-5224
The Morphing of Academic Practice: Unbundling and the Rise of the Para-Academic
Macfarlane, Bruce
Higher Education Quarterly, v65 n1 p59-73 Jan 2011
Teaching, research and service are the three conventional elements of academic practice, recognised on an international basis. However, evidence suggests that academic practice is rapidly disaggregating, or "unbundling", as a result of a variety of forces including the massification of national systems, the application of technology in teaching and increasing specialisation of academic roles to support a more centralised and performative culture. This article will present an analysis of these changes linked to the emergence of the "para-academic": staff who specialise in one element of academic practice. This includes the "up-skilling" of professional support staff and the "deskilling" of academic staff. The implications of this change for the quality of the student experience and the sustainablity of academic citizenship are considered. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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