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Cen, Yuhao – Teaching in Higher Education, 2018
Teaching and learning in higher education can integrate and accomplish student developmental goals in addition to promoting student learning of subject matter knowledge and transferrable skills. Drawn from the theoretical concept of self-authorship, the Learning Partnerships Model was implemented in teaching a graduate-level course on social…
Descriptors: Graduate Study, Qualitative Research, Epistemology, Student Development
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Wood, Margaret; Su, Feng – Teaching in Higher Education, 2017
In the context of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), we examine academics' perspectives on the discourse of "teaching excellence" based on an empirical study with 16 participants from five post-1992 universities. The article reports the findings on academics' views of the term and concept of "teaching excellence",…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Quality
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Pilcher, Katy – Teaching in Higher Education, 2017
Drawing upon student narratives gleaned through qualitative interviews, this paper argues that teaching and learning "sensitive" issues surrounding gender and sexualities through "creative" pedagogies can be a mode of resistance against the reproduction of problematic social discourses, and to the negative impacts of…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Student Attitudes, Qualitative Research, Neoliberalism
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Lander, Vini; Santoro, Ninetta – Teaching in Higher Education, 2017
This qualitative study investigated the experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) teacher educators in England and Australia working within the predominantly white space of the academy. Data analysis was informed by a multidimensional theoretical framework drawing on Critical Race Theory, whiteness and Puwar's concept of the Space Invader.…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Teaching Experience, Minority Group Teachers, Blacks
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Madriaga, Manuel; Morley, Krystle – Teaching in Higher Education, 2016
Although there is lack of agreement as to what constitutes teaching excellence, there remains a steady effort to make an intangible, ambiguous, multifaceted concept incarnate in the form of "student-led" teaching awards schemes within higher education institutions. What teaching staff say about such schemes have largely been ignored.…
Descriptors: Excellence in Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Awards
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Shagrir, Leah – Teaching in Higher Education, 2015
The objective of this research is to identify the professional conceptions that guide teacher educators in their work with students, to learn about the nature of these conceptions and to distinguish among them. This aim is important because the conceptions formulated by those working in higher education guide their professional practice and affect…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Teacher Role, College Students, Professional Identity
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Holmén, Magnus; Ljungberg, Daniel – Teaching in Higher Education, 2015
In this paper, we investigate the perception of academics regarding how their experiences from societal interaction (third mission) inform their teaching and vice versa. We report on a phone survey of Swedish academics in three engineering-related disciplines. The findings show that there is a perceived positive and bidirectional relationship…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Investigations, Teacher Attitudes, Social Cognition
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Naude, Luzelle; Bezuidenhout, Hannemarie – Teaching in Higher Education, 2015
The focus of this article is on the experiences of staff members involved in a student support programme. The experiential, social, and student-centred approaches incorporated in this programme provided not only students, but also academics with pathways to lifelong learning. Functioning in a community of practice (CoP) (with students and also…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Academic Support Services, Experiential Learning, Student Centered Curriculum
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Degago, Adinew Tadesse; Kaino, Luckson Muganyizi – Teaching in Higher Education, 2015
This study explored instructors' conceptions of teaching in view of the existing calls for improving the quality of teaching at higher education in Ethiopia. Twenty university instructors were interviewed using a phenomenographic approach, a popular research procedure to explore variation in the ways instructors experience and understand teaching.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes
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Westberry, Nicola; Franken, Margaret – Teaching in Higher Education, 2015
This paper provides an Activity Theory analysis of two online student-driven interactive learning activities to interrogate assumptions that such groups can effectively learn in the absence of the teacher. Such an analysis conceptualises learning tasks as constructed objects that drive pedagogical activity. The analysis shows a disconnect between…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Learning Activities, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students
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Visser-Wijnveen, Gerda J.; Stes, Ann; Van Petegem, Peter – Teaching in Higher Education, 2014
The motivation to teach is a powerful, yet neglected, force in teaching at institutes of higher education. A better understanding of academics' motivations for teaching is necessary. The aim of this mixed-method study was to identify groups with distinctively different motivations for teaching. Six clusters were identified: expertise, duty,…
Descriptors: Cluster Grouping, Teaching (Occupation), Mixed Methods Research, Expertise
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Jones, Anna – Teaching in Higher Education, 2014
This paper uses the notion of perspectives, derived from Activity Systems Theory as a lens through which to examine the process of change in one UK university. It argues that change is a multidimensional phenomenon and so examines the drivers and barriers towards change in teaching practices through the differing and at times conflicting…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Social Theories, Qualitative Research
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Harland, Tony; Raja Hussain, Raja Maznah; Bakar, Aishah Abu – Teaching in Higher Education, 2014
This paper explores the adoption of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) by 10 Malaysian university academics. SoTL was part of a pioneering sector-wide initiative for improving teaching and learning. The qualitative study showed that there had been no true learning phase for SoTL because academics had high expectations of rapid success…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, College Faculty, Educational Improvement
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Mariskind, Clare – Teaching in Higher Education, 2013
Student participation in higher education classrooms is considered important for learning and achievement, but what is meant by participation is rarely made clear. In the literature, it often refers to various forms of verbal participation, which are celebrated and also critiqued. In particular, Western pedagogical assumptions and expectations of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Participation, College Students, College Faculty