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Kinchin, Ian; Heron, Marion; Hosein, Anesa; Lygo-Baker, Simon; Medland, Emma; Morley, Dawn; Winstone, Naomi – International Journal for Academic Development, 2018
In this study, members of a higher education department explore their research activity and how it influences their practice as academic developers in a research-led institution. While the research activities of the team members appear diverse, they are all underpinned by a shared set of professional values to provide an anchor for these…
Descriptors: Researchers, Higher Education, Faculty Development, Academic Achievement
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Smith, Karen – International Journal for Academic Development, 2016
Academic developers are important interpreters of policy, yet little research has focussed on the interplay of policy and academic development practice. Using methods from critical discourse analysis, this article analyses a national learning and teaching policy, charts its development, and explores its interpretation by the academic development…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Leadership Role, Higher Education, Foreign Countries
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Hoessler, Carolyn; Godden, Lorraine; Hoessler, Brian – International Journal for Academic Development, 2015
As conceptions of academic development expand to encompass a more diverse and flexible set of supports, traditional approaches to evaluation, including impact studies of formal programming, become insufficient. A program may appear ineffective when evaluation ignores additional supports that interact to counteract implementation or alternatively…
Descriptors: Student Development, Academic Achievement, Informal Education, Graduate Students
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Wuetherick, Brad; Ewert-Bauer, Tereigh – International Journal for Academic Development, 2012
The question of whether neutrality is possible in academic development invites us to explore the particular place of academic development in our institutions and how academic development is positioned in our particular national and institutional environments. This paper, which reports on a small pilot study of how Canadian academic development is…
Descriptors: Expertise, Academic Achievement, Interdisciplinary Approach, Foreign Countries
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Sawir, Erlenawati – International Journal for Academic Development, 2011
While extensive discussion has been devoted to internationalising the curriculum in a response to the presence of international students, little is known about how academic staff members perceive the presence of this student cohort. Using data collected through semi-structured interviews with 80 academic staff from four different faculties in one…
Descriptors: International Education, Interviews, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), College Faculty
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Holt, Dale; Palmer, Stuart; Challis, Di – International Journal for Academic Development, 2011
This article reports on a study of Australian teaching and learning centres to identify factors that contribute to their effective strategic leadership. These centres remain in a state of flux, with seemingly endless reconfiguration. The drivers for such change appear to lie in decision makers' search for their centres to add more strategic value…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Student Experience, Academic Achievement, Higher Education
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Smith, Jan – International Journal for Academic Development, 2011
Probation is little used as a frame of reference in academic development literature. Frequently, the focus is on evaluating teaching qualifications for new lecturers. Less often investigated is the issue of situating such a course within the overall experience of new academics, to consider the role that teaching qualifications have within wider…
Descriptors: Teacher Qualifications, Foreign Countries, Evaluation, Socialization
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Leibowitz, Brenda; Cilliers, Francois; du Plessis, Jacob; Kafaar, Zuhayr; Van der Merwe, Antoinette; Viljoen, Shaun; Young, Gert – International Journal for Academic Development, 2011
This study reports on a collaborative teaching enhancement project at a research-led university, within the context of a focus on the first-year experience. It demonstrates the kind of influence which a combination of managerial and collegial approaches can have on the collaboration. It illustrates the importance of working with a conscious…
Descriptors: Action Research, Educational Change, Cultural Influences, Team Teaching
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Green, Wendy; Myatt, Paula – International Journal for Academic Development, 2011
As the transnational movement of academics continues to increase, some are arguing it is time to look more closely at the challenges faced by new international academic staff. This article reports on a narrative research study exploring the experiences and perceptions of eight international academic staff at a large, research-intensive university…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Foreign Students, Cultural Differences
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Healey, Mick; Mason O'Connor, Kristine; Broadfoot, Patricia – International Journal for Academic Development, 2010
Two areas of growing importance for academic developers are: first, their involvement in the development of institutional and faculty learning and teaching strategies; and second, how to engage students in academic development activity at institutional, department and discipline levels. This paper explores both interests by considering how…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Learning Strategies, Case Studies, Educational Development
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McAlpine, Lynn – International Journal for Academic Development, 2010
While there are increasing numbers of fixed-term researchers internationally, their experiences are relatively under-examined. As a result, I argue their developmental needs are not well understood and rarely addressed. This study--a cross-case analysis of social science researchers in two universities in the UK--builds on the few existing…
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Social Sciences, Researchers, Universities