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The challenges for new academics in adopting student-centred approaches to teaching

Sadler, Ian (2012) The challenges for new academics in adopting student-centred approaches to teaching. Studies in Higher Education, 37 (6). pp. 731-745.

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The current article provides a perspective on the day-to-day challenges that a group of new teachers experienced as they adopted more student-centred approaches to teaching. Three semi-structured interviews were conducted over two years with 11 new teachers from a range of higher education institutions and subject disciplines. The analysis used case studies, alongside a search for common themes, to provide fine-grained insights into the teachers' development. A main finding was that in using approaches that more actively involved the students, the teachers described challenges specific to their local contexts. In particular, the idiosyncrasy of the topic being taught was a key factor. The second finding was that regardless of the conception of teaching held, all teachers described challenges in translating this way of thinking into practice. Such data provides a useful resource for academic developers to open dialogue with new academics about the challenges they face in developing as teachers.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2010.543968
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
School/Department: School of Science, Technology and Health
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/490

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