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critical experience collective individualism holarchy professional identity self assessment

Higher Education Teachers´ Conceptions of Professional Development and Change: A Longitudinal Case Study of University Pedagogy Prospects

Asko Karjalainen , Säde-Pirkko Nissilä

The aim of this research is to find out how higher education (HE) teachers reflect on the possibilities of personal development and evaluate the insti.


The aim of this research is to find out how higher education (HE) teachers reflect on the possibilities of personal development and evaluate the institutional promotion of academic teaching in an HE community. The purpose was thus to understand how university employed teachers experienced and reflected on the benefits of their pedagogical education and pedagogical fellowship during and after the studies. To obtain information regarding the current situations and prospects for the future of the research persons, questionnaires were used, and unstructured essays were written through their study time and subsequently. The research methods were qualitative content analysis and deep analysing methods. The teachers possess cognitive thinking skills of the highest level. Pedagogical and transformative thinking are not at the same level. The research persons express their views tactfully when outlining how teaching should be realized in the future. Still, they criticized the resistance to changes in academic teaching, especially before they themselves were part of the administration.

Keywords: Critical experience, collective individualism, holarchy, professional identity, self-assessment.

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