Pracademics? Exploring transitions and professional identities in higher education

DICKINSON, Jill, FOWLER, Andrew and GRIFFITHS, Teri (2020). Pracademics? Exploring transitions and professional identities in higher education. Studies in Higher Education.

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    Abstract

    Within the context of a competitive UK Higher Education (HE) environment, this paper explores the transitions made by former or current practitioners who are now university academics, referred to in this study (and others) as ‘pracademics'. Drawing together the concepts of pracademia, academic selves and professional identity, this paper makes a tri-fold contribution. First, this case study examines pracademics' perceptions from a post-1992, UK-based higher education institution (HEI) through collaborative reflexivity. Secondly, it suggests how pracademics' professional self-identities can be fluid and context-dependent. Thirdly, it explores affinities and tensions between academia and practice, and identifies opportunities for building links between them. In doing so, the research makes a number of specific recommendations. The authors advocate for the recruitment of academics with practitioner experience and the facilitation of their effective transition into and within the HEI environment.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Education; 1301 Education Systems; 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2020.1744123
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2020 12:09
    Last Modified: 07 Apr 2020 10:45
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/25992

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