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posted on 11.04.2022, 11:16 by Gary Beauchamp, Sammy Chapman, Angelica Risquez, Susan Becaas, Cheryl Ellis, Michaël Empsen, Farr, Fiona, Laüra Hoskins, Wouter Hustinx, Liam Murray, Steven Palmaers, Sinead SpainSinead Spain, Natalia Timuș, Melanie White, Shona Whyte, Nick Young

 Conversations and networks are essential for transforming academics’ teaching practices as learning experiences (Palmer 1993). Yet, there has been little research reporting academics’ informal conversations about teaching (Thomson and Trigwell 2018). Teachers will generally access small significant networks (Becher and Trowler 2001) for nuanced and personal issues relating to teaching and learning. Collaborative transnational projects provide fertile ground for unique conversations about Higher Education (HE) teaching (Thomson 2015), with the added value of cross-national perspectives. This study examines the conditions that help to create significant networks and conversations, based on collective autoethnographic reflections of the member of an Erasmus+ project, including five partner universities from four different countries. The results provide insights into how the project have afforded the generation and continuation of cross-national and interdisciplinary significant networks and how unique conversations have allowed for trust, relationships and common goals to develop, which add value beyond the individual level 

Funding

Erasmus+ [grant number 2018-1-UK01-KA203-048261]

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Teaching in Higher Education

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Taylor & Francis

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Gary Beauchamp, Sammy Chapman, Angelica Risquez, Susan Becaas, Cheryl Ellis, Michaël Empsen, Fiona Farr, Laüra Hoskins, Wouter Hustinx, Liam Murray, Steven Palmaers, Sinead Spain, Natalia Timus, Melanie White, Shona Whyte & Nick Young (2022) 'Moving beyond the formal: developing significant networks and conversations in higher education: reflections from an interdisciplinary European project team', Teaching in Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2022.2056833

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1356-2517

Electronic ISSN

1470-1294

Cardiff Met Affiliation

  • Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy

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Gary Beauchamp Sammy Chapman Cheryl Ellis Nick Young

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en

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