Key concepts in postgraduate certificates in higher education teaching and learning in Australasia and the United Kingdom

Authors: Kandlbinder, Peter1; Peseta, Tai2

Source: The International Journal for Academic Development, Volume 14, Number 1, March 2009 , pp. 19-31(13)

Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group

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Abstract:

Since the first postgraduate certificate in higher education teaching and learning was offered in Australia in the late 1970s, similar courses have become a major part of academic development in universities in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. This paper describes the outcomes of a survey designed to determine the key higher education teaching and learning concepts developed in such certificates, the readings recommended, and the challenges participants face in their learning. An email survey consisting of four open-ended questions was emailed to coordinators of certificates in higher education teaching and learning programs in 147 institutions spanning Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Based on responses from 46 programs, this paper reports on the concepts of higher education teaching and learning emerging from the survey results, the scholarly readings associated with each concept as reported by coordinators, as well as the challenges experienced by course participants learning these key concepts. Depuis la mise en place du premier certificat de deuxieme cycle en pedagogie de l'enseignement superieur en Australie, a la fin des annees 70, des programmes similaires se sont taille une place enviable parmi les efforts de developpement pedagogique universitaire en Australie, en Nouvelle-Zelande et au Royaume-Uni. Cet article decrit les resultats d'une enquete par sondage qui visait a determiner les concepts-cle lies a la pedagogie de l'enseignement superieur developpes dans de tels certificats, les lectures recommandees et les defis auxquels s'exposent les participants dans leur apprentissage. Un sondage par courriel, reposant sur quatre questions ouvertes, a ete effectue aupres des coordinateurs de certificat de pedagogie de l'enseignement superieur de 147 institutions en Australie, en Nouvelle-Zelande et au Royaume-Uni. Utilisant les reponses obtenues aupres de 46 programmes, cet article fournit un compte-rendu au sujet des concepts de pedagogie de l'enseignement superieur emergeant des resultats, des lectures scientifiques associees par les coordinateurs a ces concepts, de meme que les defis auxquels font face les participants a ces programmes lorsqu'ils apprennent ces concepts.

Keywords: graduate certificates in higher education teaching and learning; higher education; key concepts; teaching and learning

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13601440802659247

Affiliations: 1: University of Technology Sydney, Australia 2: University of Melbourne, Australia

Publication date: March 1, 2009

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