Influencing teaching and learning microcultures. Academic development in a research-intensive university.
Summary, in English
In this thesis academic development is explored with a research-intensive Scandinavian university as a case study. The theoretical framework originates from sociocultural and network theory, as well as from organizational and leadership research. The research is presented here in five articles and shows that academic teachers rely on trusting and inspirational conversations about teaching with a few others that constitute the teacher’s significant network. The more the professional context or microculture supports such conversations, the higher the number of significant relations within the workplace. By researching microcultures as a starting point for systematic academic development at the organizational meso-level, the research further suggests that an effective strategy for academic development is to increase the number of significant relations within microcultures, as well as between them. One such strategy that is used and investigated in the case is the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). SoTL can be a quality regulator for the character of the conversations within and between networks and the artefacts produced through SoTL can be used as transferrable objects of locally produced knowledge both within and between microcultures. Finally, local-level leadership is shown to have an impact on the development of microcultures, with results indicating that above all, an internal mandate needs to be established.
By focusing on how academic teachers and leaders are mutually influenced by, and influence, their collegial context, this thesis shows that academic development, taking this into account, has the potential to contribute to organizational learning.
- Engineering and Technology
- Academic development
- higher education
- significant network
- ISBN: 978-91-7473-941-1 (printed)
- ISBN: 978-91-7473-942-8 (pdf)
12 June 2014
Stora Hörsalen, Ingvar Kamprad Designcentrum, Sölvegatan 26, Lunds Tekniska Högskola.
- Denise Chalmers (Professor)