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Transforming academic practice through scholarship

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In the context of the fast changing university, how are academics to grow the capacity to cope with continual change and what can academic/faculty developers do to assist them? The paper first establishes the context of higher education as a challenging environment. It then reviews ideas about scholarship and explores the application of these ideas to university study of students and academics. It examines the role of the scholarship of teaching and learning in developing the capacity for critical reflection and then applies these ideas to academic practice more generally. Finally, the implications for academic development are addressed. Dans un contexte de mutation rapide de l'universite, comment les universitaires parviennent-ils a developper la capacite a faire face au changement continuel et que peuvent faire les conseillers pedagogiques pour les aider? Cet article decrit d'abord le contexte de l'enseignement superieur comme un environnement rempli de defis. Il examine ensuite des idees liees a l'erudition (scholarship) et explore l'application de ces idees a l'etude universitaire des etudiants et des universitaires. L'article examine le role joue par le scholarship of teaching and learning dans le developpement de la capacite de reflexion critique et applique ensuite ces idees a la pratique academique de facon plus generale. Finalement, les implications pour le developpement pedagogique sont presentees.

Keywords: academic practice; scholarship; scholarship of teaching and learning

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Publication date: 2010-06-01

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