Title

Challenging, developing and valuing general staff: The action eXchange learning program

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

Murdoch University

Place of Publication

Perth, Western Australia

School

School of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

RAS ID

2805

Comments

Originally published as: Brown, C.L., Backhaus, A., Colvin, C.M. (2004). Challenging, developing and valuing general staff: The action eXchange learning program. In the Proceedings of the 13th Annual Teaching Learning Forum. Perth, Australia: Murdoch University. Original paper available here

Abstract

Universities are complex if not at times contradictory organisations. On the one hand, they offer courses in a range of disciplines that provide cutting edge pedagogy in the theory and practice of various disciplines. On the other hand, when it comes to actually applying the same cutting edge theory to their own workplace professional development (PD) practices, there is sometimes a gap between the practice and the rhetoric. One example of this gap has been in the area of PD for general staff. Coaldrake and Stedman make the point that general staff "comprise nationally the majority of university employees". The paper describes an inevitable blurring of roles between academic and general staff as being a consequence of this change to the traditional roles that have previously delineated them. It makes sense then that investing in quality, better targeted PD for more than half of a university's staff is not only sensible, it is essential...