Action Research for Academic Staff Development

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Action Research for Academic Staff Development
Jeketule Jacob Soko, Management Consultant, Kenya, Member
The strength of good education in any educational institution depends on the quality of the academic staff in that there is no satisfactory substitute for competent staff that possesses sound educational philosophy and dynamic leadership (Nakpodia, 2011; Anderson & Van-Dyke, 2000).

However, in spite of this, most universities employ lecturers without pedagogical skills (straight from Masters Degree to the lecture hall). Only a few go through formal teaching methodology.
Teaching is viewed as an activity that anyone can do. But pedagogical competence is an important component of quality of higher education (Pleschova, Simon, Quinlan, Murphy, Roxa, & Szabó, 2012).

Thus, I propose action research to fill the gap of lack of competencies by academic staff without prior experience in teaching. Action research is embedded with CRASP:
C - Critical attitude
R - Research into teaching
A - Accountability
S - Self-evaluation, leading to
P - Profe...Sign up

Action Research for Faculty
Marlis Krichewsky, HR Consultant, France, Member
We have been doing AR since 2007 for the development of our 25 professional schools ranging from industrial apprenticeship to business education.
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Commitment and Quality Time Needed for Action Research in Academic Faculties
Jeketule Jacob Soko, Management Consultant, Kenya, Member
Marlis, thank you very much for your comment. In my pilot study I also found that commitment is critical. In my context this is aggravated by the fact...Sign up

Part Time Teachers not Participating in Action Research
Marlis Krichewsky, HR Consultant, France, Member
Very true! In our schools more than 40% of the courses are taken in charge by part time teachers who are not paid for participation in AR or teacher t...Sign up

Learning by Doing and Doing by Learning
Eyal Policar, Entrepreneur, Israel, Member
I believe that action research must be a joint venture between the researcher, the administration and yes... The students.
We here have a program...Sign up

Part-time Academic Staff and Action Research
Annette Boshoff, Manager, South Africa, Member
@Marlis Krichewsky: I experienced the same with the part-time staff. In the private Higher Education environment whe...Sign up


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