Discovering academics' key learning connections: An ego-centric network approach to analysing learning about teaching

Pataraia, Nino; Margaryan, Anoush; Falconer, Isobel; Littlejohn, Allison and Falconer, Jennifer (2014). Discovering academics' key learning connections: An ego-centric network approach to analysing learning about teaching. Journal of Workplace Learning, 26(1) pp. 56–72.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/JWL-03-2013-0012

Abstract

The aim of this exploratory study is to investigate the role of personal networks in supporting academics’ professional learning about teaching. As part of a wider project, the paper focuses on the composition of academics’ networks and possible implications of network tendencies for academics’ learning about teaching. The study adopts a mixed-method approach. Firstly, the composition of academics’ networks is examined using Social Network Analysis. Secondly, the role of these networks in academics’ learning about teaching is analysed through semi-structured interviews. Findings reveal the prevalence of localised and strong-tie connections, which could inhibit opportunities for effective learning and spread of innovations in teaching. The study highlights the need to promote connectivity within and across institutions, creating favourable conditions for effective professional development.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 51292
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1366-5626
  • Keywords
  • personal learning networks; social network analysis; egocentric network analysis; teaching; Higher Education; workplace learning
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  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
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  • © 2014 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
  • Depositing User
  • Allison Littlejohn

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