The teaching staff in higher education. Utopia or reality?

Miquel Gómez Serra, Anna Escofet Roig y Montserrat Freixa Niella


The academic organization of university degrees, in the frame of the European Higher Education Area, has facilitated the constitution of teachers teams (Zabalza, 2009; Lopez, 2007). This is one of the key points in the processes of organization and improvement (Lester and Evans, 2009; Bacharach, Washut and Dahlberg, 2008) of higher education, but simultaneously, a hanging topic for the difficulty in obtaining a cultures change of university teachers, also demarcated in slightly agile and flexible structures. The paper is focused in a research caught out a group of university teachers, with the aim to realize a diagnosis of the situation of the teachers teams between the courses 2009-2010 to 2011-2012. The methodology used was the survey, with questionnaire and focus group. The results show that the organization in teachers teams is a reality perceived positively by teachers, but with problems and challenges that we have still further to go.


Key Words: Teachers teams, educational identities, identity construction, good practices, educational innovation, collaborative work, European Higher Education Area.

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