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Reconceptualising academic work as professional practice: implications for academic development

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Abstract:

Despite increasing research and scholarship in the area of academic development in recent years, it remains an under-theorised field of endeavour. The paper proposes that academic developers take a view on what constitutes academic work and see it as a form of professional practice. It discusses the features of practice theory that illuminate professional practice and identifies three foci for the application of these ideas within academic development: practice development, fostering learning-conducive work and deliberately locating activity within practice. It also suggests that academic development be viewed as a practice and points to features within its own traditions on which to build.

Keywords: educational development; practice theory; professional practice; scholarship of practice

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1360144X.2012.671771

Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia 2: Learning and Teaching Centre, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Publication date: 2013-09-01

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