Why do people become academics? A personal, reflective, account linking higher education & community development

Derounian, James ORCID: 0000-0003-1738-9764 (2018) Why do people become academics? A personal, reflective, account linking higher education & community development. Journal of Pedagogic Development. (In Press)

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Abstract

Higher education is in a state of flux. With austerity challenging assumptions of a comfortable career path for academics. Many academics report pressure to perform across research and teaching. In this article the author addresses two questions – why do people become academics? And how, if at all, are university teaching, and community development connected? The research explored includes personal reflection; views on academic teaching from colleagues, plus those from academics at a number of UK universities. Amongst the findings is the fact that a number of responding UK academics expressed the view that they had stepped onto a ‘conveyor belt’ that led from positive undergraduate experience, eventually to an academic post. The findings also present a strong case for alignment and mutual reinforcement of higher education teaching and approaches to community engagement. The one nurtures the other.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Environmental Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2018 11:24
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2018 18:38
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5408

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