Academic developer identity: How we know who we are

Shelley Kinash*, Kayleen Wood

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    This paper explores academic developer identity by applying self-concept theory and appreciative inquiry to the personal journeys of two academic developers. Self-attribution, social comparison and reflected appraisals are presented and applied to explain how academic developers form their identities. Sociological principles are incorporated to describe the recursive informing of academic development and developer identities. The presentation of implications positions academic developers as higher education leaders.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)178-189
    Number of pages12
    JournalInternational Journal for Academic Development
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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