From faculty good practices to needs for educational development: a qualitative and latent class analysis in seven Italian Universities
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The paper presents the results emerged from a survey completed by university teachers belonging to 7 Italian universities. A total of 4289 academics answered three open-ended questions about: innovative practices developed in teaching; critical aspects; needs for improvement. Answers were analyzed using content analysis. A total of 5130 codes (innovative teaching practices), 3812 (critical aspects) and 3136 (support) were created. A latent class analysis was performed on this data to create distinct group profiles according to different combinations of teaching aspects reported in the answers. The paper discusses emerging elements to inform staff development processes.