The role of HE in professional development: some reflections on a foundation degree for teaching assistants

EDMOND, NADIA (2010) The role of HE in professional development: some reflections on a foundation degree for teaching assistants Teaching in Higher Education, 15 (3). 311-322. ISSN 1356-2517

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Abstract

Rapid change in higher education (HE) has led to a reappraisal and debate about the role and ‘mission’ of the university and the university teacher. In the diversification of the HE sector, it is possible to see a shift away from the ‘advancement of knowledge’ as the primary purpose of the HE sector as a whole. This article focuses on a particular dimension of this change referred to as the ‘vocationalisation’ of HE and evident in the growing role of work-based learning (WBL) in the academy. In particular, foundation degrees provide a context for examining the role of WBL and the university in professional development. Analysis of interviews with 19 students on, or progressing from a foundation degree for teaching assistants reveals how they construct their learning and the relationship between work-based and academic learning. The author concludes that notions of ‘equivalence’ between work-based and academic learning are flawed and fail to recognise HE’s distinctive contribution to professional learning, and argues for recognition of the distinctive contributions that both WBL and ‘academic’ learning make to professional development.

Item Type:Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords:professional development; vocational higher education; work-based learning; teaching assistants
Subjects:X000 Education
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1080/13562511003740890
Faculties:Faculty of Education and Sport > School of Education > Education Research Centre
ID Code:7371
Deposited By:Converis
Deposited On:31 Mar 2011 15:09
Last Modified:08 Jan 2013 16:52

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