Seeing the messiness of academic practice: exploring the work of academics through narrative

Anna Jones

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    Abstract

    This paper illustrates the use of narrative as a means of examining the complex array of factors that shape academic practice. Through focusing on the personal, using the narrative voice of the participants, a series of situated perspectives on the journey towards academic life, and more specifically teaching, is presented. The paper argues that teaching is a highly complex enterprise that is shaped by a multitude of factors and so should be examined in a range of ways in order to uncover the richness of practice. The study is based on a set of qualitative interviews from which a small sample of narratives has been extracted. These narratives illustrate the multiple and often ambiguous nature of academic practice and of teaching in particular, and hence can inform the work of academic developers by providing a rich and more personal understanding.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)109-118
    Number of pages10
    JournalInternational Journal for Academic Development
    Volume16
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2011

    Keywords

    • teaching
    • narrative
    • higher education
    • academic identity

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