Praxis, educational development and the university sector in Australia

Hardy, Ian, Grootenboer, Peter and Bristol, Laurette (2016) Praxis, educational development and the university sector in Australia. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 29 7: 925-945. doi:10.1080/09518398.2016.1174895

Author Hardy, Ian
Grootenboer, Peter
Bristol, Laurette
Title Praxis, educational development and the university sector in Australia
Journal name International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0951-8398
Publication date 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09518398.2016.1174895
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 29
Issue 7
Start page 925
End page 945
Total pages 21
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2017
Abstract In this article, we utilise recent theorising on praxis and educational development to explore how academics in universities can foster public, institutional and more personal development, even as they are challenged by what are sometimes described as more ‘managerial’ and ‘neoliberal’ conditions. The research draws upon a variety of sources of data, including publicly available correspondence on the university sector in Australia, interviews with colleagues, and personal reflective journals. These data reflect three instances of educational praxis development in the Australian university context, and at three scales/levels: nationally; unit-wide (university/faculty/institute); and sub-unit/individually. The findings reveal such development in the form of: academics using mainstream media to inform the general public about the nature of university industrial relations and funding at a national level; junior and senior academics collaborating and engaging in mentoring practices to build institutional research capacity at a university/institutional level; and, individual academics meeting to develop individual teaching practice. Through explicating the characteristics and value of educational development for and as praxis, we provide resources for hope for better understanding how the work of universities, including their broader mission to inform the public, might be enacted more educationally.
Keyword Praxis
Educational development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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