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ERIC Number: EJ961140
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0034-5237
Changing Landscapes, Shifting Identities in Higher Education: Narratives of Academics in the UK
Trahar, Sheila
Research in Education, v86 n1 p46-60 Nov 2011
Students and academics have always used different sources of knowledge to generate and to interpret academic and social behaviours, but it is asserted that the increasingly diverse environments of 21st century higher education lead to greater levels of complexity in learning, teaching and assessment and to a consequent shift in the ways in which people perceive and construct their identities. This article reports on a narrative inquiry into the perceptions and experiences of learning and teaching of 10 academics from different disciplines working in 3 UK universities. All those interviewed drew heavily on their own experiences of living and working in different contexts to inform their attitudes and behaviours towards students. Some academics used these experiences to inform specific changes to their teaching approaches in order to be more inclusive of diversity, yet few were able to explicate their pedagogical philosophy. All, however, sought to be supportive of students and to encourage communication between those of different backgrounds. Implicit in their accounts was their self-identification as academics in a changing landscape.
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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: United Kingdom