|About the book|
"This book contains ideas, conceptual and practical, with which it may be possible to negotiate with both government and institutional managers a role for academic development that is established, worthwhile and 'scholarly' in ways recognized by other academics." Teaching in Higher Education
"provides some kind of answer to Macdonald's opening question: are academic developers a 'tribe' with their own 'territory'? On the evidence of this volume, they are disparate occupants of an emerging territory but are, at least, beginning a dialogue. While it may be too early to talk about a new tribe this book represents a valuable start in mapping the political and intellectual terrain." Higher Education Review
In recent times academic development has moved from the margins to the mainstream of higher education institutions. This book addresses the concept and nature of academic development and examines research into and within the field. It shows how academic development might be distinguished from and overlap with 'educational development' and 'staff development', and how it encompasses those activities concerned with developing learning and teaching in higher education at individual, departmental, faculty, institutional and even at national/international levels.
The Scholarship of Academic Development addresses key questions:
|About the authors|
Professor Heather Eggins is Director of the Society for Research in Higher Education, Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde and senior Member of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge. Her research interest is in higher education policy and she has edited a number of volumes on different aspects of higher education: Restructuring Higher Education, Higher Education into the 1990s (with Christopher Ball), Art Graduates, their skills and their employment and Women as Leaders and Managers in Higher Education.
Ranald Macdonald is Head of Academic Development in the Learning and Teaching Institute as Sheffield Hallam University. He was recently Co-Chair of the UK's Staff and Educational Development Association and convenes the SEDA/SRHE Educational Development Research Network. His current research interests are in problem-based learning, plagiarism and academic development.
|Table of contents|
Developing a scholarship of academic development
setting the context
Part One: Conceptualising academic development
a practical or theoretical business?
A relational approach model for academic development
Orientations to academic development
Academic development through the disciplines
The use of research and development projects in higher education
Philosophical approaches to academic development
Alternative perspectives on professional practice in academic development
Part Two: Research and academic development
Qualitative research methods in higher education
Pedagogical research in higher education
the policy framework in the UK
Practitioner centred research on academic development in higher education
Researching the training of university teachers
conceptual frameworks and research tools
An action-research approach to strategic development
a case study
Realizing academic development
a model for embedding research practice in the practice of teaching
The future of research and scholarship in academic development