Research on the professionalization of faculty developers in China:Based on the survey at Xiamen University

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Thu, 7 Jun 2018
8:00am to 9:30am
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Dunwoody A
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This study aims to understand the professionalization of Chinese faculty developers. Literature analysis, questionnaire survey and interviews are applied. Two questions are addressed: What are the status, occupational threshold, professional literacy and professional promotion of Chinese faculty developers at research universities? How to improve their professionalization? A questionnaire survey of 111 full-time teachers was conducted and 6 faculty developers were interviewed in Xiamen University. The results were analyzed in three dimensions: identity and roles of faculty developer, professional literacy of faculty developer and professionalization measures: 1. The professional identity of Chinese faculty developer has not been recognized. 2. The background of them was complex and diversified. 3.The programs which had been launched were not highly targeted and effective.

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