Exposing new academics through action research?

Karen Smith, Scott Fernie

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    While collaborative action research is an empowering approach to developing academic practice, it also presents a number of challenges regarding the purpose, nature and consequences of academic development. This research note raises questions and issues concerning how action research exposes new academics to the conflicts and tensions of the "realpolitik" of modern universities. Supported by Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Research funding, the authors collaborated on an action research project. While the focus was on "student engagement", this research note emphasises broader findings exposed during the research. As a consequence of the action research approach, the authors entered into discussions, debates, negotiations, and reflection.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)85-87
    Number of pages3
    JournalInternational Journal for Academic Development
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2010


    • education research
    • action research
    • academic development


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