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Academic staff development in higher education institutions : a case study of Zimbabwe state universities

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dc.contributor.advisor Van Niekerk, L. J. Chabaya, Raphinos Alexander 2017-01-17T10:41:57Z 2017-01-17T10:41:57Z 2015-10
dc.identifier.citation Chabaya, Raphinos Alexander (2015) Academic staff development in higher education institutions : a case study of Zimbabwe state universities, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This study investigated how institutional conditions and cultures enabled or impeded the development and implementation of academic professional development programmes in Zimbabwe State universities. The study was prompted by undervaluing of academic professional development in Zimbabwe State universities manifested by its absence in half of the institutions. Literature suggests that factors that enable or impede implementation of academic staff development programmes include irrelevant academic professional programmes and influence of departmental cultures. The critical theory paradigm guided this study because the intention was to change and transform teaching practices by gaining insights on academics‘ perspectives on conditions that influence implementation of academic staff development programmes. A qualitative study was employed where interviews, focus group discussions, documents and questionnaires were used. Two state universities were conveniently sampled from which sixteen academics, four deans, two Directors of the Teaching and Learning Centres and two Vice Chancellors were purposively selected to participate in the study. The research produced findings reflecting that disciplines have huge influence on the development and implementation of academic professional development in higher education institutions. The scholarship of research constrained the scholarship of teaching in higher education practice. It was realised that academics‘ research interests subordinate teaching interests and by implication academic professional development programmes. This influences academics to have negative attitudes towards academic professional development programmes resulting in poor uptake of the programmes. It also emerged from the findings that promotion policies favour research over teaching resulting in academics marginalising teaching in their academic roles. It also emerged clearly as well that good researchers are not necessarily good teachers and that holding a PhD does not translate an academic to be a good teacher. However, it also emerged that departmental cultures can be used to promote interdisciplinary research which academic professional development might embrace in its practice. The research experienced limitations in terms of time and threat to confidentiality but their effects were countered through control measures effected by the researcher. The study recommends that State universities should set up teaching and learning centres that will lead in the development of a culture that values teaching and learning in faculties in which academic professional development programmes will professionalize university teaching The study also recommends that academic professional development should address needs of academics for them to be relevant and that their approach should include formal courses such as Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education in which teaching in higher education is valued en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xvi, 355 leaves) en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Academic staff development en
dc.subject Higher education en
dc.subject Academic development en
dc.subject Communities of practice en
dc.subject Academic tribes en
dc.subject Academic developer en
dc.subject Faculty development en
dc.subject Scholarship of teaching and learning en
dc.subject Curriculum development en
dc.subject Educational development en
dc.subject.ddc 378.007155
dc.subject.lcsh College teachers -- In-service training -- Zimbabwe -- Case studies en
dc.subject.lcsh State universities and colleges -- Zimbabwe -- Personnel management -- Case studies en
dc.subject.lcsh Career development -- Zimbabwe -- Case studies en
dc.subject.lcsh Education, Higher -- Zimbabwe -- Case studies en
dc.title Academic staff development in higher education institutions : a case study of Zimbabwe state universities en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Curriculum and Instructional Studies en D. Ed. (Curriculum Studies)

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