Change agency as a way of promoting pedagogical development in academic communities : a longitudinal study

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Clavert , M , Löfström , E , Niemi , H & Nevgi , A 2018 , ' Change agency as a way of promoting pedagogical development in academic communities : a longitudinal study ' , Teaching in Higher Education , vol. 23 , no. 8 , pp. 945-962 . https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2018.1451321

Title: Change agency as a way of promoting pedagogical development in academic communities : a longitudinal study
Author: Clavert, Maria; Löfström, Erika; Niemi, Hannele; Nevgi, Anne
Contributor organization: Department of Education
Education of Education
CICERO Learning
Anne-Marja Nevgi / Principal Investigator
Sari Lindblom-Ylänne
The Centre for University Teaching and Learning (HYPE)
Caledonia - Campus Learning and Development Initiatives Hub
DAPHNE - Developing Assessment Practices in Higher Education
Date: 2018-11-17
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Teaching in Higher Education
ISSN: 1356-2517
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2018.1451321
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/311076
Abstract: In the face of organizational transformations, academics are given a role as informal ‘change agents’ in their discipline-specific communities of practice (DCoP). Simultaneous participation in pedagogically oriented communities of practice (PCoP) enables them to promote pedagogical development through brokering at community interfaces. This empirical study explores academics’ experiences of acting as informal change agents at the interfaces of DCoP and PCoP during an organizational transition phase of three years. The longitudinal data were collected with interviews of 13 academics from the fields of science and technology. The findings reveal a variety of pedagogical development activities related to shared meanings, practices, identities, and ways of belonging. The activities are aligned with the organizational transition process and enabled by collegial support. The findings indicate that lack of supportive formal leadership may terminate the informal development activities. The resulting model of change agency provides a novel approach to pedagogical development in higher education.
Subject: Brokering
change agency
community of practice
organizational transformation
pedagogical development
EARLY-CAREER ACADEMICS
HIGHER-EDUCATION
UNIVERSITY
SYSTEMS
LEADERSHIP
LEVEL
516 Educational sciences
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: acceptedVersion


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