Critical interactions shaping early academic research career development in two higher education institutions.

Brian Hemmings, Douglas Hill, John Sharp

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This study was aimed at identifying the critical interactions within work environmentsthat support the development of early career academics as researchers in institutions withlower order research profiles, that is, environments that differ from research-intensiveuniversities. Ten early career academics, five from Australia and five from the UK, wererecruited. Multiple sources of data were subjected to a qualitative analysis from whichfive interrelated themes identified the features of the research journeys: institutionalenvironment, individual attributes, postgraduate and other research training, supportive interactions withothers, and outcomes from the research process. A key finding was that individuals differ in theirneed for redirection, support, challenge, and inspiration which may be important at anytime but especially at turning points in their career. Actions that might be taken by thoseresponsible for implementing plans and programs in professional learning anddevelopment for early career academics are outlined. This study offers empirical evidenceof the changes that are significant for individual neophyte researchers, and theenvironments and interactions that influence these changes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-51
Number of pages17
JournalIssues in Educational Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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