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: University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
Date: 2018-11-17
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Teaching in Higher Education
ISSN: 1356-2517
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
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