Understanding and influencing teaching and learning cultures at university - A network approach

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Academic cultures might be perceived as conservative, at least in terms of development of teaching and learning. Through a lens of network theory this conceptual article analyses the pattern of pathways in which culture is constructed through negotiation of meaning. The perspective contributes to an understanding of culture construction and maintenance with a potential to aid academic developers and others in the endeavour to influence teaching and learning cultures in academia. Throughout the discussion the importance of supporting the weak links between clusters of individuals stands out as a feature to focus upon. We propose that the sheer complexity of culture construction and maintenance in academic organisations is likely to cause any single, isolated attempt for change to fail Instead, we argue that a multitude of inter-related initiatives over a long period of time is likely to distinguish strategies that are successful in influencing academic teaching and learning cultures.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Pedagogy
  • Educational Sciences
  • Chemical Engineering


  • leadership, teaching and learning development, network, academic culture, SoTL
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-111
JournalHigher Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Publication categoryResearch

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Department affilation moved from v1000887 (CED - Centre for Educational Development) to v1000942 (Division for Higher Education Development) on 2016-03-31 08:49:00.