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Academic Practice

Academic Practice
Developing as a Professional in Higher Education

Second Edition

April 2019 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book gives a broad overview of the issues faced by early career academics and explores a variety of topics from curriculum planning to employability. Fully updated throughout, key features of this second edition include:
  • Two new chapters on HE assessment and becoming a supervisor
  • New case studies in every chapter
  • What 'the TEF' means for universities 
This is essential reading for higher education faculty undertaking professional development courses, such as the PG Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), the PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGCTLHE/PGHE) and related courses, and also for early career academics wishing to deepen their understanding of contemporary higher education.
Chapter 1: Becoming a teacher in higher education
Part I: From disciplinary expert to teacher
Chapter 2: Developing disciplinary understanding
Chapter 3: Learning and teaching for interdisciplinarity
Chapter 4: Promoting critical approaches to the curriculum
Chapter 5: Working with students: from engagement to partnership
Chapter 6: Connecting research and teaching in practice
Chapter 7: Rebalancing assessment for learning
Part II: Rethinking the university context
Chapter 8: Teaching for employability
Chapter 9: Developing inclusive learning and teaching
Chapter 10: Internationalising teaching in practice
Chapter 11: Enhancing learning in the digital university
Chapter 12: Supporting collaborative learning
Part III: From disciplinary teacher to scholarly teacher
Chapter 13: Becoming a supervisor
Chapter 14: Undertaking enquiry into learning and teaching

This is a detailed and well written book that explores what it means to become a teacher in the rapidly changing Higher Education sector. To do this, the book explores pedagogy and context in all their myriad forms and as a result also explores what it means in terms of professional identity to practice learning and teaching in Higher Education settings. The book is wide-ranging, highly accessible and makes a significant contribution to developing, sustaining and improving practice. It positions teaching and learning as acts of exchange and partnership and provides a carefully explored research-informed base to contextualise strategies that teachers in HE can put into practice.

Dr Warren Kidd PFHEA
Programme Leader, PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education University of East London

This updated version of Academic Practice provides a critical and thorough overview of the factors which affect student learning and engagement with university courses. It is written in an accessible, non-judgmental way, encouraging readers to explore issues further, and suggesting achievable ways for them to adapt their practice. Because it provides such a detailed synthesis of literature in a wide range of areas, it will be of value to experienced staff as well as those new to the university sector.

Rachel Forsyth
Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Manchester Metropolitan University

At a time when teaching in higher education is increasingly and rightly scrutinised, the need for support for new teachers from all backgrounds in all areas of academic teaching practice is critical. Teachers in HE are required to be practitioners of teaching and scholars of teaching, as well as disciplinary experts, and this book provides the breadth required for early career teachers embarking on a new academic career.

Dr Michael P McEwan
Learning Enhancement and Academic Development Service (LEADS), University of Glasgow