Working with networks, microcultures and communities
This chapter draws on a sociocultural perspective on academic development. It briefly introduces some current theoretical frameworks, including social network theory, organisational culture and communities of practice. It shows how these models can be used to design a variety of academic development activities. The purpose of using this perspective is to help academic developers support not only individual teachers but also the collegial context in which the teachers are professionally active. Case studies and quotations from academics are included.