An Academic Life

A handbook for new academics

ISBN13 : 9780864319081

Author(s) : Edited by Robert Cantwell and Jill Scevak

Publisher : ACER Press, 2010

SKU : A5136BK

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Academic life is complex; adjusting to life as a new academic requires a range of skills and abilities to fulfil the multiple roles the academic must play as researcher, teacher and administrator.

Robert Cantwell and Jill Scevak have brought together new academics and experienced educators from a variety of discipline backgrounds to provide clear and practical insights into the journey of entering the academic world.

Any new academic will find this book an invaluable resource for conceptualising and contextualising the academic world they are now part of.

The title looks at:

  • Stories from early academics
  • Issues related to teaching and learning
  • Issues relating to the alignment of curriculum
  • Intellectual demands of University study
  • The nature of learning
  • Assessment of learning
  • Teaching and learning in lectures, tutorials and labs
  • Research training
  • Aspects of community service
  • Social and cultural aspects of the academic life.

Dr Robert Cantwell is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Newcastle. His research interests lie in the broad field of learning theory and its applications to educational and professional settings. His specific interests lie in the area of metacognition and learning, with a focus on how individuals think about and respond to the complex intellectual and affective demands of learning and professional practice.

Dr Jill Scevak is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle in the discipline of educational and developmental psychology. She is also a registered psychologist in NSW, a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and an executive member of the Newcastle branch of the APS. Her research interests are in the field of cognitive psychology and, in particular, individual differences in the management of cognition, metacognition and affect in learning across a variety of learning contexts: primary, secondary, tertiary and professional.