Tales of adventure and change: academic staff members' future visions of higher education and their professional development needs

Tynan, Belinda and Lee, Mark J. W. (2009) Tales of adventure and change: academic staff members' future visions of higher education and their professional development needs. On the Horizon, 17 (2). pp. 98-108. ISSN 1074-8121


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore future consciousness, in particular the desire for adventure and change, in light of the literature and ideas around academic development in higher education teaching and learning, and with a particular focus on supporting staff in their engagement with technologies in new ways.

Design/methodology/approach – The article builds on and extends recent work by the authors Barnes and Tynan; and Tynan, Lee and Barnes, as well as that of other researchers and theorists. A case study approach is adopted, in which the narratives or 'stories' of academics at an Australian university relating to issues surrounding learning technologies are analysed. The themes that emerge from the preliminary analysis are synthesised to draw out barriers and potential solutions from the participants' perspectives, especially with regard to their self-identified future professional development needs, and particularly in relation to their adoption and sustainable use of educational technologies.

Findings – The authors believe that successfully engaging with the goals of innovation and sustainable futures in the age of Web 2.0, the networked society and the millennial learner depends on a concerted effort at all levels of the tertiary/higher education sector.

Research implications/implications – While the preliminary findings of the study may have limitations in terms of their generalisability to institutions and countries beyond the context of the case study, they will no doubt provide a starting point for further research.

Originality/value – It is hoped that the study will serve as a think piece for educational leaders interested in facilitating long-term initiatives and strategies aimed at cultivating a desire for change and adventure among academic staff, to 'reinforce proactive behavior, self-efficacy, and internal locus of control' in encouraging them to engage with their own futures.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2012 04:51
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: academic staff, consciousness, higher education, human resource management, innovation, learning methods
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/10748120910965485
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21097

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