Using appreciative inquiry to develop a research capacity development programme

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Author: Frantz, J. M.; Rhoda, A. J.; De Jongh, J.

Abstract:

With academics struggling to find the balance between research and teaching, there is a need to identify strategies that would assist academics in making the necessary changes to manage their time. Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a strength-based change process based on the premise that academics are change agents who possess knowledge and experience that can make a difference. This article proposes an AI methodological framework for an academic development strategy focussing on integrating research into teaching. Currently, few measures exist that focus on assisting academics in incorporating research into their teaching and learning practices. The article aims to describe the strategies used to initiate a process that builds on the positive experiences of academics in teaching in an environment where academics may become overwhelmed when focussing only on barriers. The process described focuses on the aims of the academic development programme at each stage as well as the roles of the participants. The AI approach is a novel framework that can be used to initiate research capacity building among academics.

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With academics struggling to find the balance between research and teaching, there is a need to identify strategies that would assist academics in making the necessary changes to manage their time. Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a strength-based change process based on the premise that academics are change agents who possess knowledge and experience that can make a difference. This article proposes an AI methodological framework for an academic development strategy focussing on integrating research into teaching. Currently, few measures exist that focus on assisting academics in ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Higher education; Providers of education and training; Research; Workforce development

Keywords: Lecturers; Teachers; Researchers; Capacity building; Professional development

Geographic subjects: South Africa; Africa

Published: Pretoria, South Africa: Unisa Press, 2013

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Journal title: South African journal of higher education

Journal volume : 27

Journal number: 1

Journal date: 2013

Pages: pp. 48-59

ISSN: 1011-3487

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call Number:
TD/TNC 113.922



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