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ERIC Number: EJ996193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-0951-5224
Adapting Higher Education through Changes in Academic Work
Courtney, Kathy
Higher Education Quarterly, v67 n1 p40-55 Jan 2013
Internationally, changes to academic work are a response to the massification of higher education and a changed and changing higher education context. The majority of these adjustments involve a casualisation of academic work, widely characterised as being of a de-skilling nature, alongside the emergence of new, as well as changing, roles that typically function across traditional boundaries and frequently involve elements of up-skilling. The paper points to the value of the latter group of adaptations, characterising them as "direct-response" changes to new environmental conditions. In contrast, de-skilling adaptations, classed as "indirect-response" changes, are viewed as impacting negatively on key aspects of higher education. Inter-professional teaching practices are advocated as an alternative to the casualisation strategy, based on the belief that it would empower large numbers of existing groups of higher education workers to make a fuller and richer contribution to student learning and help prepare them for an uncertain future.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom