From anxiety to empowerment: a learning community of university teachers

MacKenzie, J. et al. (2010) From anxiety to empowerment: a learning community of university teachers. Teaching in Higher Education, 15(3), pp. 273-284. (doi: 10.1080/13562511003740825)

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Increasing numbers of 'teaching-only' staff are being appointed in higher education institutions in the UK. At one research-intensive university, a new category of academic staff was recently introduced: University Teachers, who are required to engage in scholarly activity as part of their conditions of employment. For many this scholarly activity equates to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). In an attempt to support this growing body of staff in their engagement with SoTL, a year-long Learning Community (LC) was formed. This paper outlines the activities of the LC and presents the outcomes of a collaborative project to explore its members' experiences. We describe the developmental process of LC membership and consider the parallels between our findings and theories of social capital and transformative learning. We conclude with a consideration of how LCs might be used as an engaging form of academic staff development.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:The scholarship of teaching and learning, learning community, social capital, transformative learning
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brown, Ms Andrea and Bohan, Dr Jason and Morrow, Dr Lorna and Tierney, Miss Anne and McAdam, Dr Julie and Bell, Ms Sheena and McKerlie, Mr Robert and Burke, Dr Joanne and Paschke, Dr Beth and Jamieson, Professor Susan and Cogdell, Dr Barbara and MacKenzie, Dr Jane and Rea, Professor Paul
Authors: MacKenzie, J., Bell, S., Bohan, J., Brown, A., Burke, J., Cogdell, B., Jamieson, S., McAdam, J., McKerlie, R., Morrow, L., Paschke, B., Rea, P., and Tierney, A.
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
College of Social Sciences > School of Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Culture, Literacies, Inclusion & Pedagogy
Journal Name:Teaching in Higher Education
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1470-1294
Published Online:14 June 2010
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2010 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Teaching in Higher Education 15(3):273-284
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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