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Academic life is complex and adjusting to life as a new academic requires a range of skills and abilities to fulfil the multiple roles the academic must play as researcher, teacher and administrator.
An Academic Life assists in the process of orienting new academics to the nature of academic life, particularly greater accountability in all aspects of academic life, growth in the numbers of academic staff, and increasing demands and expectations from the growing student population. This title addresses the key areas of academic work: teaching and learning; research, research training and publication; administration and community service; and the social and cultural aspects of academic life.
Robert Cantwell and Jill Scevak have brought together new academics and experienced educators from a variety of discipline backgrounds to provide clear and practical insights into the journey of entering the world of academic life. Any new academic will find this book an invaluable resource for conceptualising and contextualising the academic world they are now part of.
At one time, every new lecturer thinks, `I wish there was a handbook on how to be an academic'. With the publication of An Academic Life there finally is! The case studies add hugely to the accessibility of the theoretical materials and help to limit the isolation of the new academic feeling, `Why does this only happen to me!' The book provides the foundational questions a new staff member should think about when constructing courses, organising their workload and thinking strategically about a long-term academic career. I would highly recommend it Dr Kathleen Butler senior Lecturer, Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Newcastle
|About the editors||p. vii|
|Some introductory thoughts||p. 1|
|Stories of new academics|
|Learning how to be an academic - The story of a new academic in the sciences||p. 6|
|Learning how to be an academic - The story of a new academic in education||p. 10|
|Teaching and learning|
|Aligning intellectual development with curriculum, instruction and assessment||p. 16|
|The nature of academic learning||p. 25|
|Assessment: Principles and practice||p. 35|
|The tutorial as cognitive apprenticeship: Developing discipline-based thinking||p. 55|
|Supporting scholarly tutors to conduct effective tutorials||p. 65|
|Teaching and learning in a laboratory setting||p. 75|
|Teaching online: Issues and challenges for on-campus and distance instruction||p. 83|
|Teaching within diversity||p. 97|
|Research and research training|
|Preparing for a career as a researcher||p. 110|
|Writing for publication||p. 120|
|Research training: Supervising and managing research students||p. 130|
|Administration and community service|
|Academic administration: Becoming involved||p. 140|
|Professional activities and community service||p. 150|
|Academic life: An interpersonal dimension||p. 160|
|A lifeline for emerging academics||p. 173|
|Academic work: A developmental perspective||p. 182|
|Some concluding thoughts||p. 192|
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Series: A Handbook for New Academics
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st August 2010
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 17.6 x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.43