Reconceptualising academic work as professional practice: implications for academic development

Publisher:
Routledge
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
International Journal for Academic Development, 2013, 18 (3), pp. 1 - 14
Issue Date:
2013-01
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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.
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