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Researching academic development


This chapter explores the nature and purposes of academic development, and relates this exploration to an analysis of what, how and for whom research in academic development has been and is undertaken. The history and the growth of research in academic development are reviewed. Current trends in academic development research are identified, through analysis of recent issues of three journals and through categorisation of papers by research paradigm and methodology. Topics and futures for research into and the scholarship of educational development are suggested. The chapter concludes with advice to new academic developers on how to become researchers of academic development.