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ERIC Number: EJ945801
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1360-144X
Early-Career Academics' Perceptions of Teaching and Learning in Hong Kong: Implications for Professional Development
Thomas, Keith; McNaught, Carmel; Wong, Kin-Chi; Li, Yi-Ching
International Journal for Academic Development, v16 n3 p257-268 2011
This paper discusses early-career academics' development at a university in Hong Kong. Reflecting the impact of local context, the paper explores cultural and structural influences that can impinge on teaching and learning strategies for new academics. Barriers such as student learning behaviour and publication pressure may discourage new academics from taking an active interest in ongoing professional development beyond the mandatory component. However, the effect of Chinese culture, which places a strong emphasis on "face" and harmonious human relationships, and the existence of hidden ("ghost") rules can collectively add pitfalls that inhibit new academics' full engagement in their teaching roles. Local contextual capabilities are identified and implications for the design of professional development programmes for early-career academics are discussed. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong