Bridging identity chasms: Occupational therapy academics' reflections on the journey towards scholarship

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Fortune, Tracy, Ennals, Priscilla, Bhopti, Anoo, Neilson, Cheryl, Darzins, Susan and Bruce, Christopher. (2016). Bridging identity chasms: Occupational therapy academics' reflections on the journey towards scholarship. Teaching in Higher Education. 21(3), pp. 313 - 325. https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2016.1141289
AuthorsFortune, Tracy, Ennals, Priscilla, Bhopti, Anoo, Neilson, Cheryl, Darzins, Susan and Bruce, Christopher
Abstract

The performative context of higher education demands that practice-oriented academics shift their priorities from preparing practitioners for the profession, towards ‘productive’ scholarship. We present narratives from occupational therapy academics at the end of a year-long journey through an action research project focussed on academic identity and scholarly growth. Our analysis captures subtle and striking shifts in being and becoming, doing and belonging. The findings, re-presented as an adapted Hero’s Journey, also reveal the powerful impacts on identity and practice that are enabled when academics have the opportunity to create spaces for scholarship that are experienced as caring, collaborative and collegial.

KeywordsAcademic scholarship; academic identity; occupational therapy; academic development; higher education
Year2016
JournalTeaching in Higher Education
Journal citation21 (3), pp. 313 - 325
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1356-2517
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2016.1141289
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84959165177
Page range313 - 325
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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