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This paper aims to identify the components of a “joyful teaching practice” and explain to what extent experiencing “joy” can contribute to better teaching performance. The paper is based on an extensive literature review and reflection on the scholarship of learning and teaching. The author used a thematic analysis method to identify the concepts embedded in the literature. He also mapped the result into a bigger picture of some theoretical frameworks, such as Self-Determination Theory, to present a deeper understanding of the concepts and derive practical implications. The results showed there are at least seven sources of joy in teaching practice: a sense of purpose and meaning, a sense of autonomy and agency, a sense of connection and inclusion, a sense of belonging and ownership, a sense of achievement and fulfilment, a sense of impact and influence and a sense of identity and dignity. The author argues that paying more attention to these elements at the policy and practice levels can make the teaching practice more joyful, meaningful and fruitful.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCharles Sturt EdX 2022
Subtitle of host publicationConnected and Curious: teaching for inclusion and engagement
Place of PublicationOnline
PublisherCharles Sturt University
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2022
EventCharles Sturt EdX 2022 - Online, Australia
Duration: 15 Nov 202217 Nov 2022
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ConferenceCharles Sturt EdX 2022
Abbreviated titleConnected and Curious: teaching for inclusion and engagement
OtherCSEdX is a key professional learning event that celebrates best practices, explores our potential; and challenges us to provide every learner with a learning experience that is connected, relevant, thought-provoking, and future focussed.
It is the place where teaching academics can share and collaboratively learn about teaching practice: strategies, pedagogies, technologies, and approaches. The sessions offer the opportunity to explore ways to teach and to connect with peers to ‘talk teaching’.
It is the place to share the ways we improve our work through scholarly activity, bring discipline research into our teaching, and use student voices to guide teaching decisions.
CSEdX will drive innovative teaching and learning for 2023 because it offers an opportunity to bring together all staff who are connected to student learning: faculty academics and divisional staff who support the design of learning, or who lead student learning for 3 days of collective thinking and celebrating. It can be a flagship event at the university bringing together professional learning foci from across the year and shaping collective consideration of a conceptual direction for scholarly focus for the next 12 months- guiding the planning for what we need to be focussing on in teaching and scholarly activity for teaching.
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