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Forging identities : the experiences of probationary lecturers in the UK.

Smith, J. (2010) 'Forging identities : the experiences of probationary lecturers in the UK.', Studies in higher education., 35 (5). pp. 577-591.

Abstract

This article concerns itself with how academic identities may come to be formed. Taking a longitudinal approach, stories of the experiences of probationary lecturers have been gathered and analysed, to outline an emergent typology of academic socialisation. Whilst the stories are unique to individuals, and the broader context of their experience is key, some overarching trajectories through the probationary period emerged from the data. For some, the transition to academic life is unremarkable, and identity is untroubled. For others, this appears to be a more troublesome time and a good deal of dissonance is encountered: an academic identity is hard fought and felt to be forged in difficult circumstances. The ‘underlying game’ of UK higher education may thus be experienced as more confounding and inhospitable than we would hope. Attention to this ‘game’ and explaining the ‘rules’ may well be beneficial to new colleagues, smoothing a sometimes difficult journey.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Academic development, Academic work and identity, Career perception, Early career academics, Probation.
Full text:PDF - Accepted Version (349Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03075070903216650
Publisher statement:This is an electronic version of an article published in Smith, J. (2010) 'Forging identities : the experiences of probationary lecturers in the UK.', Studies in higher education., 35 (5). pp. 577-591. Studies in higher education is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=0307-5079&volume=35&issue=5&spage=577
Record Created:22 Aug 2012 10:20
Last Modified:22 Aug 2012 12:05

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