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ERIC Number: EJ1217515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-May
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2340-8170
Is the Role of Academics as Teachers Changing? An Exploratory Analysis in Italian Universities
Barbato, Giovanni; Moscati, Roberto; Turri, Matteo
Tuning Journal for Higher Education, v6 n2 p97-126 May 2019
University teaching is under pressure to evolve in line with the social, cultural and economic changes of modern society. This process inevitably affects the professional profile of academics since it creates an increasing tension between the traditional modes of teaching and the learning styles and professional expectations of students. This article analyses, both theoretically and empirically, the process of change of university teachers in the face of today's challenges. The empirical analysis is based on the Italian university system, which has always been characterised by an overall reluctance to reforms. This article presents a theoretical framework based on two dimensions, i.e., the teacher/university relationship and the teacher/ student relationship, to investigate the evolution of the professional profile of academics as teachers on the basis of seven teaching practices identified in the literature. The findings show that, besides some limits that are specific to professional bureaucracies, the support of universities is fundamental to promote innovation in teachers' teaching practices, which are otherwise regulated and shaped only by their disciplinary community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Italy