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posted on 21.02.2021, 23:12 by JA Timmermans, Kathryn SutherlandKathryn Sutherland
© 2020, © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Informed by Constructive Developmental Theory and the Threshold Concepts Framework, we interviewed retired academic developers from four continents and asked them to describe their processes of learning from perceived failures and how they see the role of academic developers in supporting academics through failures. Findings regarding participants’ definitions of failure, ways of making sense of and learning from failure, and recommendations for supporting academic colleagues’ learning from failure are shared through tables, quotations, and poetry. Findings show that ‘wise academic development’ embraces curiosity about failure, integrates the (sometimes) transformative nature of failure, shares the load of sense-making, and cultivates connectedness.

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Timmermans, J. A. & Sutherland, K. A. (2020). Wise academic development: learning from the ‘failure’ experiences of retired academic developers. International Journal for Academic Development, 25(1), 43-57. https://doi.org/10.1080/1360144X.2019.1704291

Journal title

International Journal for Academic Development

Volume

25

Issue

1

Publication date

02/01/2020

Pagination

43-57

Publisher

Informa UK Limited

Publication status

Published

Online publication date

21/01/2020

ISSN

1360-144X

eISSN

1470-1324

Language

en