Theorising academic development as an academic discipline? Exploring academic developers' ways of knowing, theorising and use of methods

Kek, Megan Y. C. A. and Hammer, Sara (2015) Theorising academic development as an academic discipline? Exploring academic developers' ways of knowing, theorising and use of methods. In: Theory and method in higher education research. Theory and method in higher education research, 1. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, UK, pp. 235-255. ISBN 978-1-78560-287-0

Abstract

In this chapter, we report on a meta-analysis of 30 refereed journal articles published between 1996 and 2015 by academic developers from Australasia, Britain and South Africa. We used a disciplinary lens to examine academic development research during this period. Specifically, we analysed the academic development literature to identify ‘ways of knowing’, the extent of explicit use of theories and research methods. Findings indicate that academic development research continues to be largely experiential, under-theorised and fragmentary. Articles analysed tended to fall within three research clusters, including education and educational psychology; professional learning and scholarship of learning and teaching; and sociology and philosophy. Qualitative research methods and psychological and sociological disciplinary lenses were dominantly referenced and adopted.


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Refereed: Yes
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Division of Academic Services - Learning and Teaching Support
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2016 02:37
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2016 06:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: scholarship; theory; methods; research; academic development; academic developer; higher education
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27819

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