Enhancement Themes, Theories of Change, Changing Practices



Bamber, Veronica and Anderson, Sally (2011) Enhancement Themes, Theories of Change, Changing Practices. In: Enhancement Themes Conference, 2-3 March 2011, Edinburgh. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Summary: While there is a great deal of sharing of information around the Scottish HE sector on what each institution is doing in its Enhancement Theme (ET) work it is not clear what theories of change underpin these activities: this is not surprising since change theories are often implicit & embedded within strategies. However the danger then is that change efforts can seem ad hoc and random and opaque to observers. This is especially true of universities where the different types, cultures and ways of working of different institutions mean that they will have different change theories for the ETs and different ways of engaging with the Themes. For example one institution might focus on project work, the change theory being that work from a project can later be cascaded to other areas while another might emphasise staff development events with a change theory around changing staff thinking in order to get them working differently - in yet another case student-led teacher awards might be introduced with a change theory that rewarding excellence can motivate other staff to excel. If we articulate our theories of change and how these theories are played out on the institutional or departmental stage then we can engage colleagues and students in iterative discussions about what we’re trying to achieve, how we hope to achieve it and what it means for them. Structure: In this workshop we will consider some change models and outline the theories of change behind our institutional work on the current ET - 15 mins. We will then ask you to discuss your own change theories and what these mean for your ET work, whether you are working at the individual departmental or institutional level - 45 mins

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Centre for Academic Practice
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2011 11:57
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2011 11:57
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2435

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