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Behari-Leak, Kasturi; Mokou, Goitsione – International Journal for Academic Development, 2019
New voices emerging in the global South are contesting the academy's elitist and exclusionary ethos by disrupting the normalcy of coloniality. Concerns raised by the student protests of 2015 and 2016 have challenged the higher education sector to rethink its traditional teaching, learning, and assessment practices in response to student calls for…
Descriptors: Foreign Policy, Higher Education, Educational Practices, Equal Education
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Englund, Claire; Price, Linda – International Journal for Academic Development, 2018
To cope with the rapidly changing higher education climate, teachers need agency to act proactively in initiating and steering changes in practice. This paper describes an academic development activity in the form of a Change Laboratory, an intervention method based on Cultural-Historical Activity Theory, to facilitate agency among teachers. The…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Teaching Methods, College Faculty, Sustainable Development
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Anakin, Megan; Spronken-Smith, Rachel; Healey, Mick; Vajoczki, Susan – International Journal for Academic Development, 2018
We explored the relationships between social contexts and factors that promoted and inhibited curriculum change at two universities. Thirty interviews were analysed using a general inductive approach to identify factors and forces in three social contexts (lecturer, departmental, and institutional). Curriculum change was characterised by six…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, College Curriculum, Interviews
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Wijngaards-de Meij, Leoniek; Merx, Sigrid – International Journal for Academic Development, 2018
Curriculum alignment is crucial in realizing learning objectives, but in higher education the alignment is often challenged by practical problems. The adverse effect of misalignment is further amplified by the lack of student awareness of their position within the curriculum. We argue for the importance of the visibility of learning trajectories…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Curriculum Development, Higher Education, Goal Orientation
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Brown, Melanie; Peck, Catherine – International Journal for Academic Development, 2018
Rapid changes in the Higher Education (HE) sector are increasing the pressure on teaching staff to introduce technology-enhanced learning experiences into the curriculum. Institutions therefore need to provide effective means of enabling academics to successfully transition to these new modes of curriculum delivery. This paper reports on an…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Higher Education, Technology Integration, Teaching Methods
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Bennett, Liz – International Journal for Academic Development, 2017
Focussing on academics' professional identity, this paper analyses the challenges academics experience when adopting new technologies in their pedagogical practices. Notions of "economies of performance" and "ecologies of practice" as well as the concept of liminality are employed to understand this identity work. The paper…
Descriptors: Social Media, Professional Identity, Teacher Effectiveness, Technology Uses in Education
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Arthur, Linet – International Journal for Academic Development, 2016
This article focuses on the life history of a university academic, and the ways in which he learned in different communities of practice during his career. This account raises questions about the applicability of situated learning theory to a knowledge-based organisation, and argues that both the external context and the individuals within the…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Higher Education, Learning Theories, Theory Practice Relationship
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Curran, Roisín; Millard, Luke – International Journal for Academic Development, 2016
Many higher education institutions are adopting learning and teaching approaches that embrace "students as partners". This can be met with trepidation by academic staff and students. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate, through two UK-based institutional case studies, that a partnership approach provides an opportunity for staff…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Partnerships in Education, Teacher Student Relationship
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Grunefeld, Hetty; van Tartwijk, Jan; Jongen, Havva; Wubbels, Theo – International Journal for Academic Development, 2015
This article describes and assesses the design and effects of one of the first academic development programmes on Leadership for Educational Change. The participants are senior academics, involved in leadership of teaching and learning. We report on an evaluation using a mixed-method approach employing a self-report questionnaire administered to…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Leadership Training, Instructional Development, Instructional Design
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Guerin, Cally; Carter, Susan; Aitchison, Claire – International Journal for Academic Development, 2015
As practices and expectations around doctoral writing continue to change, so too do the demands on academic developers and learning advisors. Social media is increasingly playing a role in doctoral education, just as it is in higher education more generally. This paper explores a blog initiated in 2012 to inform and support doctoral writing; since…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Web 2.0 Technologies, Doctoral Programs, Content Area Writing
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Field, Laurie – International Journal for Academic Development, 2015
Adopting a pluralistic view of academics' informal learning that draws on Habermas (1987), this article suggests that a great deal of academic learning results from tensions and incompatibilities between individual interests and those of employing institutions increasingly resonant with the ideology of New Public Management (NPM), with its…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Foreign Countries, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes
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Baughan, Patrick – International Journal for Academic Development, 2015
Various studies have investigated the views of higher education staff and students about sustainability, yet educational developer perspectives are under-represented in the research. This project gathered educational developer perspectives about sustainability in the curriculum. It sought to capture their views about a national sustainability…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Investigations
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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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Timmermans, Julie A. – International Journal for Academic Development, 2014
The purpose of this multiple case study was to identify threshold concepts in the careers of educational developers. Twenty-one common threshold concepts emerged, with one threshold concept common among all participants: Facilitating a change process. The remaining 20 threshold concepts were captured in the following three categories: (1) Ways of…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Educational Change, Case Studies, Qualitative Research
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McGrath, Cormac; Laksov, Klara Bolander – International Journal for Academic Development, 2014
In the wake of the Bologna process, many European universities are undergoing comprehensive educational reform. Our attention in this paper is focused on how a medical university came to terms with the challenges presented therein. We wished to explore how educators identify, understand and deal with opportunities for change at a medical…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Educational Change, Communities of Practice, Capacity Building
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