Many changes in higher education have derived from Europe-wide initiatives such as the Bologna process, and have given increasing attention to student-centred learning and teaching approaches, allied to growth in teachers’ scholarship and academic development. Academic Growth in Higher Education: Questions and Answers centers around a decade-long research project, which is one component of a long-standing programme focused on ways to promote academic development and scholarship in higher education.
The purpose of the book is to highlight debates and issues important in teaching and learning at the tertiary level in universities, colleges and schools – exploring issues that teachers and lecturers will need to address throughout their professional lives. These issues surround acts of student-centred learning, inquiry-based learning, teachers’ own practices in the classroom and, every bit as significant, the activities generated by their students in the process of learning. The intention is to identify some of the debates relevant to teaching and learning, to challenge some of the orthodoxies within traditional forms of teaching and learning, and to suggest some solutions though current practice over a wide context of activity.
Helena Pedrosa-de-Jesus, Associate Professor with Habilitation at University of Aveiro Portugal, was responsible for studies concerning science education, supervision and Academic Development in Secondary and Higher Education. She has published numerous journal articles, conference papers and book chapters. Mike Watts, Professor of Education at Brunel University London, has published numerous books and articles, principally in science education and university teaching and learning. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a UK National Teaching Fellow, and Director of Internationalisation for Brunel’s Department of Education.
All teachers and lecturers in further and higher education, managers of teachers, as well as academics contributing research within the field of HE and the scholarship of teaching and learning.