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Pyörälä, Eeva; Hirsto, Laura; Toom, Auli; Myyry, Liisa; Lindblom-Ylänne, Sari – International Journal for Academic Development, 2015
The University of Helsinki established a Teachers' Academy to reward excellence in teaching. This study focuses on teachers' significant networks and their meaningful conversations about teaching and learning before the establishment of the Teachers' Academy. The research data consisted of answers to open-ended questions, and were examined using…
Descriptors: Research Universities, Communities of Practice, Educational Practices, Higher Education
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Clavert, Maria; Löfström, Erika; Nevgi, Anne – International Journal for Academic Development, 2015
Pedagogical transformations in universities are typically explored as "top down" attempts or in the context of training programs targeted towards educating more pedagogically aware individuals. In this study, promoting pedagogical development is explored on a community level as change agency: acting as a broker between the…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Communities of Practice, Science and Society
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Löfström, Erika; Nevgi, Anne – International Journal for Academic Development, 2014
Academia is generally not considered a place for expressing emotions, yet emotions are inevitably present in complex activities such as teaching. We investigated whether drawings could be used as a means of gaining access to emotions in university teaching and how. The data consisted of academics' drawings of themselves as university teachers…
Descriptors: Emotional Response, Freehand Drawing, College Faculty, Faculty Development
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Nevgi, Anne; Löfström, Erika – International Journal for Academic Development, 2014
Academics' teacher identities is a relatively little explored area. This paper explores this through an analysis of drawings by academics. The data consist of 90 drawings. The participants are academics who have attended basic courses in university pedagogy. The drawings were content analysed. In the drawings, the academics expressed themselves as…
Descriptors: Visualization, College Faculty, Professional Identity, Freehand Drawing
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Ruohoniemi, Mirja; Lindblom-Ylanne, Sari – International Journal for Academic Development, 2009
The aim of the study is to deepen our understanding of factors which students experience as important in learning, in order to improve the quality of teaching and curriculum planning. A total of 132 veterinary students participated in the study by answering a questionnaire containing open-ended questions. Most of the comments on factors enhancing…
Descriptors: Veterinary Medical Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Teaching Methods
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Pyhalto, Kirsi; Stubb, Jenni; Lonka, Kirsti – International Journal for Academic Development, 2009
The quality of PhD training can be conceived of as being dependent on the learning environment provided by the scholarly community. Our paper explores PhD students' ideas about themselves as a part of this community, and their perceptions of their learning environment in the context of the University of Helsinki, Finland. The study is a part of a…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Foreign Countries, Behavioral Sciences, Educational Environment
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Lindblom-Ylanne, Sari; Hamalainen, Kauko – International Journal for Academic Development, 2004
In Finland, as in other European countries, the Bologna Declaration is having a profound impact on the structure of degrees, and consequently on teaching and learning. Until now, most graduates in Finland completed a Master's without having to take a Bachelor's degree first. The Ministry of Education has set a high objective for the reform of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Regional Planning