in: Research & Reviews in Social, Human and Administrative Sciences - II, Doç. Dr. Ayşe Çatalcalı Ceylan, Editor, Gece Kitaplığı, Ankara, pp.247-268, 2021
A Turkish university recently designed and implemented a new competency-based curriculum. The implementation of this curriculum led to inter-academic conversations which became the backbone of the reform process both as an agent of change management and professional development. This study analyzes the nature, structure, benefits, and challenges of these academics’ conversations in the selected pilot department. The findings of the data gathered through semi-structured interviews with thirteen academics include that these conversations were of the dialogue and design types and facilitated collaboration and creativity among academics. They also provided a sense of belonging, support and guidance for teaching practices.
Keywords: higher education; conversations of academics; curriculum change; professional development; community building