Shaping a culture: oral histories of academic development in Australian universities

Lee, Alison, Manathunga, Catherine and Kandlbinder, Peter (2010) Shaping a culture: oral histories of academic development in Australian universities. Higher Education Research & Development, 29 3: 307-318. doi:10.1080/07294360903252128

Author Lee, Alison
Manathunga, Catherine
Kandlbinder, Peter
Title Shaping a culture: oral histories of academic development in Australian universities
Journal name Higher Education Research & Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0729-4360
Publication date 2010-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/07294360903252128
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 29
Issue 3
Start page 307
End page 318
Total pages 12
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 3304 Education
Abstract Academic development has had an approximately forty-year history within Australian higher education, paralleling the major expansions and changes in the sector, both nationally and internationally. Its principal concerns have been the improvement of teaching and the professional development of the academics who teach. The history of academic development has gone largely undocumented and unexamined at a national level, in Australia and elsewhere. However, as university teaching has increasingly become important in relation to quality in higher education, academic development has become a central player in the work of universities. It becomes of particular importance at this time to garner a more thorough understanding of the continuities as well as the discontinuities in the meanings and practices of university teaching and in the work of those whose role has been to support its development. This article presents a discussion of two key themes identified from a set of oral history interviews conducted with early leaders in academic development in Australia. These themes offer different insights into issues and understandings of academic development in today's university. The first concerns a perennial issue in academic development - the struggle to define academic development's emerging ethos in relation to research and service to the broader university's endeavour. The second theme represents an issue that has been forgotten or marginalised in the official accounts of academic development but which lives on in the 'lore' of the field - the role of activism in the shaping of university teaching and academic development. © 2010 HERDSA.
Keyword Academic development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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