Developing a typology for designing appropriate learning and teaching professional development strategies for an Australian regional university

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Herbert, Katherine. 2023. Developing a typology for designing appropriate learning and teaching professional development strategies for an Australian regional university. PhD by Publication Doctor of Philosophy. University of Southern Queensland. https://doi.org/10.26192/z3vz0
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Developing a typology for designing appropriate learning and teaching professional development strategies for an Australian regional university

TypePhD by Publication
AuthorsHerbert, Katherine
Supervisor
1. FirstProf Luke van der Laan
2. SecondProf Patrick Danaher
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Qualification NameDoctor of Philosophy
Number of Pages157
Year2023
PublisherUniversity of Southern Queensland
Place of PublicationAustralia
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.26192/z3vz0
Abstract

The topic of this study contributes to the growing research on professional development of academics who teach in Australian higher education. Specifically, this exploration focused on the under-represented perceptions of teaching academics within Australian regional universities. The research presented in this dissertation builds on the community of practice related to professional development for teaching academics, therefore, the voices of academics in regional-based universities were given opportunities to be heard. Furthermore, the evolving nature of higher education teaching in the face of new opportunities and challenges calls for an exploration of strategies that are being employed to facilitate learning and teaching professional development in the sector. Therefore, the study also aimed to inform the practice of and equip academic developers, who design and deliver learning and teaching professional development, with a typological tool. This dissertation first establishes a broader context of learning and teaching professional development in the Australian landscape, prior to investigating the perceptions of teaching academics and their motivation to participate in professional development in Australian regional universities. A typology is then presented as a tool to assist with uptake and implementation of learning and teaching professional development. Pragmatism was used as the research paradigm to guide this research study’s design and methods. For the purposes of this research study, an exploratory sequential mixed methods design was appropriate. This Thesis was conducted over four years (2019-2023) and was presented across three academic journal articles. Three papers are embedded in this Thesis by Publication presenting the literature review, semi-structured interviews, and survey respectively. The context of academics teaching in higher education has changed dramatically with the emergence of new realities, opportunities, and challenges. The findings of this research study open opportunities for relevant and strategic learning and teaching professional development activities that academics are motivated to participate in. The dissertation ends with a discussion of the relevance of this research to the sector and answers the research questions, as well as outlines its limitations, directions for future research and implications for practice. A personal reflection of the author’s learning journey is then given.

Keywordsprofessional development; typology; Academic development; higher education; learning and teaching practice
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Has partTowards a typology of learning and teaching professional development practice uptake by university academics in Australia
Has partTowards an Australian regional university professional development typology: a qualitative exploration of the academic voice
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ANZSRC Field of Research 20203904. Specialist studies in education
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