Reconceptualising academic work as professional practice: implications for academic development

David Boud*, Angela Brew

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    Despite increasing research and scholarship in the area of academic development in recent years, it remains an under-theorised field of endeavour. The paper proposes that academic developers take a view on what constitutes academic work and see it as a form of professional practice. It discusses the features of practice theory that illuminate professional practice and identifies three foci for the application of these ideas within academic development: practice development, fostering learning-conducive work and deliberately locating activity within practice. It also suggests that academic development be viewed as a practice and points to features within its own traditions on which to build.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)208-221
    Number of pages14
    JournalInternational Journal for Academic Development
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013


    • educational development
    • practice theory
    • professional practice
    • scholarship of practice

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