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How and what do academics learn through their personal networks

Pataraia, Nino; Margaryan, Anoush; Falconer, Isobel and Littlejohn, Allison (2013). How and what do academics learn through their personal networks. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 39(3) pp. 336–357.

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This paper investigates the role of personal networks in academics, learning in relation to teaching. Drawing on in-depth interviews with eleven academics, this study examines, firstly, how and what academics learn through their personal networks; secondly, the perceived value of networks in relation to academics, professional development; and, thirdly, whether and how network participation affects professional learning and extant teaching practice. Findings suggest that personal networks equip academics with a diverse pool of knowledge and skills about teaching, offering both professional and emotional support. What academics learn through personal networks subsequently becomes embedded in their teaching practice. In this sample, change in teaching practice is focused on application of new learning technologies and new teaching and assessment strategies.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 UCU
ISSN: 1469-9486
Keywords: workplace learning; mixed-method study; higher education; teacher education; professional development
Academic Unit/School: Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Item ID: 42261
Depositing User: Allison Littlejohn
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2015 10:47
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2019 09:08
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