The Use of the Time Diary Method to Explore Academic Time Management: Insights From an Australian University

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Abstract

Academics and universities have an interest in tracking the tasks and workloads of academics in the areas of teaching, research and administration, but do academics and their employers know how many hours a week an academic engages in particular tasks? We discuss the on-going development of an electronic time diary tool to measure an academic's teaching, research and administrative tasks. Our preliminary findings suggest that time spent communicating with students is now a significant portion of an academic workday. Academics work long hours interrupted by the demands of students as customers coupled with increasing accountability and compliance within universities. We find that academics value aspects of their work which foster self-direction and creativity in both teaching and research activities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECRM 2012 Proceedings
EditorsRachel McClean
Place of PublicationReading, UK
PublisherAcademic Publishing Inetrnational Limited
Pages199-206
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventEuropean Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies - Univeristy of Bolton, UK, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Jun 201229 Jun 2012

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ConferenceEuropean Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies
CountryUnited Kingdom
Period28/06/1229/06/12

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    Krivokapic-Skoko, B., Duncan, R., & Tilbrook, K. (2012). The Use of the Time Diary Method to Explore Academic Time Management: Insights From an Australian University. In R. McClean (Ed.), ECRM 2012 Proceedings (pp. 199-206). Academic Publishing Inetrnational Limited.