Positioning ourselves for research and teaching: a cross-country analysis of academic formation

Crawford, Karin and Lucas, Lisa and Brew, Angela and Boud, David and Namgung, Sam Un (2012) Positioning ourselves for research and teaching: a cross-country analysis of academic formation. In: Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Annual Research Conference 2012 'What is Higher Education for? Shared and contested ambitions', 12-14 December 2012, Newport, South Wales.

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Abstract

This paper presents early findings emerging from an international collaborative research project that addresses the key question of the nature of academic work, how academics make decisions regarding teaching and research and how they develop their academic identities. Drawing on survey data and pilot interviews administered in Australian and English Universities, the paper considers emerging evidence in relation to factors that contribute to success in research as well as contextual factors that discourage it. The paper begins to illuminate how academics in different countries, university contexts and with different career orientations, interpret and position themselves in relation to those contexts and how structural and agential factors may influence the formation of academic identity. The findings emerging from this research will provide new in-depth understandings about how institutions might most effectively support, develop and encourage world-class teaching, and the capacity for high quality research.

Additional Information:This paper presents early findings emerging from an international collaborative research project that addresses the key question of the nature of academic work, how academics make decisions regarding teaching and research and how they develop their academic identities. Drawing on survey data and pilot interviews administered in Australian and English Universities, the paper considers emerging evidence in relation to factors that contribute to success in research as well as contextual factors that discourage it. The paper begins to illuminate how academics in different countries, university contexts and with different career orientations, interpret and position themselves in relation to those contexts and how structural and agential factors may influence the formation of academic identity. The findings emerging from this research will provide new in-depth understandings about how institutions might most effectively support, develop and encourage world-class teaching, and the capacity for high quality research.
Keywords:Higher Education, Academic practice, Studies in Higher Education, Academic Identities
Subjects:X Education > X350 Academic studies in Adult Education
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:Professional services > Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute
ID Code:7156
Deposited On:22 Dec 2012 09:46

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