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ERIC Number: EJ996272
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1812-9129
Resource Development for Novice Educators: The Story of a New Zealand Interinstitutional Collaboration
Honeyfield, Judith; Fraser, Cath
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, v24 n2 p264-271 2012
Increasingly, many of our higher education teaching staff hail from diverse backgrounds with cultures that are often dissimilar to the world of academia. Drawn to education as a second career, or courted from industry for real world verisimilitude, their experience and external sector knowledge can be invaluable to an institution, but of little practical assistance to the individual in front of his or her first lecture theatre. Between 2008 and 2010, staff developers from five New Zealand higher education providers used an action research framework to investigate and address the needs of these novice teachers. This paper uses the four-phase cycle of planning, acting, observing and reflecting to describe the development and evaluation of Signposts, a professional development resource for new post-secondary educators. Learnings from the project affirm the value of collaborative projects and underscore the need for educational leaders to model reflective and critical practice. Several identified aspects of good practice in resource development are transferable beyond the single action research cycle described here.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand