Academic work-based learning: an analysis of three activities
Written by Nick Hopwood, Clare Brooks   


Academic work typically comprises three dimensions: research, teaching, and service. However, training for would-be academic staff undertaken during doctoral studies has been criticised for its emphasis on research and lack of preparation for other academic roles (Roberts 2002). Many doctoral graduates find employment in different kinds of HEI (eg. post-1992) where workplace cultures, roles and practices are quite different from the research-intensive universities where most doctoral degrees are earned. This study examines three different activities, grounded in academic workplaces,which have the potential to address some of these criticisms and tensions.