Advancing Practice in Academic Development


Edited by David Baume and Celia Popovic
Routledge – The Staff and Educational Development Series
Publication January 2016

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Chapter summaries and extracts will on the SEDA Blog over the coming months. (There may be small differences between these and the published versions)

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More and more staff in higher education have some responsibility for supporting and leading the improvement of educational practice. This book is written for all such people, whatever their role or job title.

The editors and authors have national and international experience in academic development. As well as experience, they bring a lively, research-informed, critical and questioning approach to academic development.

The huge changes brought about by and influencing academic development include:

  • A shift in emphasis from teaching to learning;
  • Systematic and accredited preparation of new teachers;
  • Continuing professional development for established staff;
  • Advancing scholarship of teaching, learning and academic development;
  • The fast-growing use of technologies;
  • The use of values and outcomes to shape academic development practice;
  • Departmental and institutional strategies and policies for learning and teaching;
  • Growing concerns for accountability and quality assurance;
  • Institutional and national development initiatives and projects;
  • Interest in change-making and leadership processes; and
  • Collaboration with other agents and organizations for change.

These changes are happening in contexts which include:

  • A great increase in the scale of higher education;
  • Greater diversity of students;
  • Greater diversity in student needs for and expectations of higher education, and
  • A squeeze on resources, and consequent emphasis on value for money for all stakeholders.

This book addresses these themes and many others. Case studies and stories are used throughout to illustrate development scenarios and methods.

Written in a scholarly, accessible, stimulating and practical style, this book acknowledges difficulties and offers ways forward. As well as presenting problems, it offers solutions.

About the Editors

David Baume is an independent international higher education researcher, evaluator, consultant, staff and educational developer and writer.

Celia Popovic is Director of Teaching Commons at York University, Toronto, Canada.


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