Change agency as a way of promoting pedagogical development in academic communities: a longitudinal study

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In the face of organizational transformations, academics are given a role as informal ‘change agents’ in their discipline-specific communities of practice (DCoP). Simultaneous participation in pedagogically oriented communities of practice (PCoP) enables them to promote pedagogical development through brokering at community interfaces. This empirical study explores academics’ experiences of acting as informal change agents at the interfaces of DCoP and PCoP during an organizational transition phase of three years. The longitudinal data were collected with interviews of 13 academics from the fields of science and technology. The findings reveal a variety of pedagogical development activities related to shared meanings, practices, identities, and ways of belonging. The activities are aligned with the organizational transition process and enabled by collegial support. The findings indicate that lack of supportive formal leadership may terminate the informal development activities. The resulting model of change agency provides a novel approach to pedagogical development in higher education.
Originalspråkengelska
TidskriftTeaching in Higher Education
Volym23
Nummer8
Sidor (från-till)945-962
Antal sidor18
ISSN1356-2517
DOI
StatusPublicerad - 17 nov. 2018
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad

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