Enhancing Staff and Educational Development

Enhancing Staff and Educational Development

Enhancing Staff and Educational Development

Enhancing Staff and Educational Development

Synopsis

Systematic support for improving education and learning in further and higher education has moved to centre stage in recent years- a phenomenon reflected in the booming membership of professional development bodies. This title complements the authors' introductory Guide to Staff and Educational Development, also in this series. This book provides a more detailed consideration of the fundamental issues in staff and educational development, analysing the context in which it functions, the roles undertaken by practitioners and ways in which staff and educational development can be promoted and managednbsp;atnbsp;senior and institutional levels, as well as for individuals. Written in an engaging, accessible style, it is rooted in practice with a wealth of case study material and practical advice. The book covers areas such as: * how professionals learn and develop * developing institutional policy and strategy for development * leading an educational development unit * programmes in learning and teaching in higher education * areas of specialist expertise * career pathways Enhancing Staff and Educational Development combines the insights of seasoned developers with the innovations of new developers, and will be a compelling read for anyone dedicated to the improvement of teaching and learning.

Excerpt

This book is a companion volume to A Guide to Staff and Educational Development published in 2003. That two books were commissioned together on this topic is testament to the fast-growing importance of this work. Higher education is now recognized as being of fundamental importance for the life chances of individuals and for the dynamism and wellbeing of society. The content and the process of higher education therefore must respond to the growing demands put upon it to meet the needs of a diverse and growing student body alongside the regional and national needs of business and the community. Universities and colleges as a result are experiencing rapid changes, changes that require a consciously strategic approach to the development of courses and educational processes and to the deployment of an increasingly skilled and specialized workforce. Staff and educational developers have therefore found themselves on the front line in responding to the needs of modern-day higher education.

While developing higher education in this changing environment is a challenge, it also offers a welcome support to those people who champion the scholarship of learning and who identify themselves with staff and educational development. They have increasingly found ways to share their experiences with each other and across the sector. The community of practice to which they belong is now large, diverse and robust. The Staff and Educational Development Association, with its long history of work in this field, has more recently found itself with growing support among other agencies sharing similar aims. The recent Government White Paper in England gave a huge boost to this area by mandating professional qualifications for teaching; funding new Centres for Teaching Excellence; expanding the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme; and supporting the incorporation of an Academy for the enhancement of

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