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Beliefs and engagement in an institution-wide pedagogic shift

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This study addresses the attitudes of academic staff towards a large-scale
pedagogic shift to Active Blended Learning (ABL). Beliefs about the shift and
how it is translated into practice are explored. Four main categories are derived:
‘Active Innovators’ who believe change is positive and apply it to their
academic practice; ‘Lagging Innovators’ who hold positive beliefs but fail to
fully implement it; ‘Sceptical but obliging’ who hold negative beliefs but whose
practices are consistent with the new approach; and ‘Sceptical and resistant’
who hold negative beliefs about ABL and actively resist implementing it in their
practice. This article suggests that institutions aiming to promote large-scale
sustainable change, may approach the process through two routes: (1) a
pragmatic route, focused on promoting change in practice (i.e. practice
generates subsequent changes to beliefs); and (2) an epistemic route, aimed at
promoting changes to beliefs (i.e. beliefs change first, practices follow).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages21
JournalTeaching in Higher Education
Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 2021


  • Beliefs and Engagement

    Rights statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Teaching in Higher Education on 11.02.2021, DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2021.1881773.

    Accepted author manuscript (Post-print), 1.61 MB, PDF document

    Due to publisher’s copyright restrictions, this document is not freely available to download from this website until: 11/08/22

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