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It really is black and white when you look at it like this : reporting on a study into Australian professors' research and teaching priorities

Edwards, Sylvia L., O'Shea, Peter J., Cretchley, Patricia, & Narayan, Bhuva (2010) It really is black and white when you look at it like this : reporting on a study into Australian professors' research and teaching priorities. In Chemeca 2010 : Engineering at the Edge, 26-29 September 2010, Hilton Adelaide, Adelaide, SA. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Despite optimistic claims about the research-teaching nexus, Australian academics still face tension between research and teaching. The teaching and research priorities, beliefs and behaviours of 70 Professorial and Associate Professorial academics in Science, Information Technology and Engineering were examined in this study. The academics from 4 faculties in 3 Australian universities, were asked to rank 16 research activities and 16 matched learning and teaching (L&T) activities from each of three perspectives: job satisfaction, leadership behaviour, and perceptions of professional importance. The findings, which were remarkably consistent across the three universities, were unequivocally in favour of Research. The only L&T activity that was ranked consistently well was “Improving student satisfaction ratings for Teaching”. The data demonstrates that Australian government and university initiatives to raise the status of L&T activity are not impacting significantly on Australia’s future leaders of university learning.

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ID Code: 40095
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Research-Teaching Nexus, Australian Universities, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 The Authors
Deposited On: 17 Feb 2011 07:29
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2011 16:31

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