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Contemporary induction to teaching in Australian universities

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Abstract

Australia has 42 universities. In 2015/16, 30 of 40 universities reviewed provided one or more days of teaching induction for their staff, while 10 did not. Twenty-six of the 30 teaching induction program directors were surveyed and 24 of those were interviewed to provide a snapshot of professional development for new teaching staff in Australian universities. The key findings of that research showed that almost two thirds of universities did not pay sessional staff to attend a teaching induction program; just over half the programs included peer observation of teaching; only one in five programs offered mentoring opportunities; three quarters of programs included assessment; and approximately a third of programs provided credit towards an award course. We conclude that all universities need to provide new teaching staff with a longer teaching induction program, which will support them to develop student-centred, scholarly behaviours and attitudes.

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Fraser, K., Ryan, Y., Bolt, S., Copeman, P., Cottman, C., Fisher, M. B., … Luzeckyj, A. (2019). Contemporary induction to teaching in Australian universities. International Journal for Academic Development, 24(3), 286–300. https://doi.org/10.1080/1360144X.2019.1612751

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