Influences on the formation of academics: the role of the doctorate and structured development opportunities

Brew,A, Boud,D and Un Namgung,S 2011, Influences on the formation of academics: the role of the doctorate and structured development opportunities, Studies in continuing education, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 51-66, doi: 10.1080/0158037X.2010.515575.

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Title Influences on the formation of academics: the role of the doctorate and structured development opportunities
Author(s) Brew,A
Boud,DORCID iD for Boud,D orcid.org/0000-0002-6883-2722
Un Namgung,S
Journal name Studies in continuing education
Volume number 33
Issue number 1
Start page 51
End page 66
Total pages 16
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2011-03
ISSN 0158-037X
1470-126X
Keyword(s) academic formation
teaching
researchers
Summary The paper examines influences of doctoral study and structured early career interventions on academic work. It uses evidence from a survey in six Australian universities (n=1158) to explore academics' engagement with research and teaching development. It regards universities as social situations that are ambiguous, presenting conflicting opportunities for growth and development and the pursuit of personal objectives. Academics' emphases on different aspects of academic work involve complex responses that are subject to many influences. It shows that doctoral work may avoid developing key skills that academics need and that the extent to which doctoral study prepares academics for different aspects of their role is different in different disciplines and institutions. It also shows that the conduct of academics in their major roles is little influenced by the training and development they engage in. The paper discusses the survey findings in terms of what constrains and what enables academics to take up particular development opportunities. It argues that to understand academic practice, analysis of how organisational influences are interpreted is needed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/0158037X.2010.515575
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio Economic Objective 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30071832

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