Academic and Educational Development: Research, Evaluation and Changing Practice in Higher Education

Academic and Educational Development: Research, Evaluation and Changing Practice in Higher Education

Academic and Educational Development: Research, Evaluation and Changing Practice in Higher Education

Academic and Educational Development: Research, Evaluation and Changing Practice in Higher Education

Synopsis

This practice-oriented book brings together leading research and evaluation approaches and supporting case studies from leading educational researchers and innovative teachers.With the emphasis on change, innovation and developing best practice in higher education, it is essential that those involved in actually developing, researching or implementing approaches to teaching, learning or management, are informed by the experiences of others. The emphasis of this book is on changing practice in higher education; how developments come about; what research underpins desirable development; and the impact of development of student learning, staff expertise and institutional practice and policy.

Excerpt

This book arose out of a conference organized by the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) and the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Educational Development Research Network in April 1999. The conference, entitled ‘Research and Practice in Educational Development(s): Exploring the links’, sought to enable participants to share experiences of practice, research and policy in all types of educational developments, encompassing a variety of techniques and technologies. The conference was aimed at, and attracted, teachers in higher education, learning support staff, educational developers, academics and managers with responsibility for teaching and learning policy developments, researchers, and independent educational consultants.

A subsequent call for chapters resulted in offers from a diverse range of contexts, though with the emphasis weighted towards funded projects. The decision was taken by the editors to reflect this emphasis, with some alternative, non project-based, examples of educational development to act as a contrast.

What educational development is

Educational development is the term which has become most widely used in the UK, partly to distinguish it from staff (‘faculty’ in the US) development, but also to mean ‘academic’, ‘professional’ or other similar terms. What they all have in common is some notion of activities that are concerned with ‘sustaining and enhancing the quality of learning and teaching within the institution’ (Hounsell, 1994). Webb (1996a) chooses to use the term ‘staff development’, while acknowledging that ‘staff development in tertiary

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