Critical Conversations: Ethics, Professional Development and Organisational and Cultural Change

Carson, Alexander M and Bleakley, Colette (2007) Critical Conversations: Ethics, Professional Development and Organisational and Cultural Change.


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The academic environment is rapidly changing in response to the combined pressures of policy, the diverse needs of stakeholders, community demands, technological advances, and globalisation. All of these drivers are common to all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) at the present time including the one featured in this paper. The aim was to develop an ethically engaged model of staff development and cultural change. The particular HEI featured in this paper, is applying for degree awarding powers. As part of this process, it has to begin transforming itself into an organisation that is and acts ‘like a university’. This has involved more clearly defining a stronger relationship between research and scholarly activities and the quality of the student experience. This paper describes the way that the authors have developed the Appreciative Critical Conversation Process (ACCP) as a more ethically conscious approach to both staff development and cultural change.

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Additional Information: This article was published in the in Journal of Pedagogical Research and Scholarship in 2007, published by Glyndwr University Centre for Pedagogical Research and Scholarship. Copyright © 2007 Glyndwr University. More information about Glyndwr University Research can be found at
Keywords: Narratives, critical conversations, ACCP, Higher Education Academy, ethics, staff and educational development, research and scholarship, pedagogy, constructive alignment, congruence.
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Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2011 09:14
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2017 20:06

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