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Academic career handbook Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0335198276 ISBN-10: 0335198279

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press (May 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0335198279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335198276
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,191,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...tells you everything you need to know about academic careers, including the vital components of networking, teaching, researching and writing...accessible, with lots of 'handy hints' and useful pointers to other material and experience" - Health Service Journal "...provides a readable and well-researched guide, picking its way meticulously through every detail of academic lifein 220 pages. The authors analyse each role in some detail, providingtips and quotes from numerous useful sources...This book's healthy strand of realism is illustrated by a list of positive verbs that the authors recommend you to start using if you want to achieve academic success " - New Scientist

About the Author

The authors have previously published together How to Research, Open University Press. Dr Loraine Blaxter is a part-time Research Associate and Deputy Director of the International Centre for Education in Development at the University of Warwick. Dr Christina Hughes is a Lecturer in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Warwick. She is co-editor of Gender and Education. Dr Malcolm Tight is Reader in Continuing Education at the University of Warwick. His most recent book is Key Concepts in Adult Education and Training (Routledge, 1996). He is co-editor of Higher Education Quarterly.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a book intended for early-career academics and advanced students who are thinking about taking up an academic career. Apart from the introductory chapter, the book deals with the nature and development of academic careers (3 chapters), and academic roles and tasks (5 chapters, on networking, teaching, research, writing and managing). The authors have drawn extensively from research into academic activities and careers, the 'advice' literature for neophyte academics, and their own experiences. The book therefore taps into a broad range of sources on most aspects of academic life and how to make and get the most out of it. A lot of the detailed material is contained in about 120 'boxes' distributed throughout the book. Each box contains a set of numbered or bulleted points or tips, or a collection of short quotes from academics, often from external sources. A typical strategy for dealing with a topic is to describe an issue (such as departmental politics), or to define some concept, in the body of the text and then refer the reader to boxed pointers or suggestions. In this way, the book presents a distillation of information from the wider literature. I found this quite an effective strategy. The coverage of the book is wide, and the style is mostly descriptive, friendly and informative. The flavour is decidedly from the UK perspective. Specific conditions and contact details of research grants bodies are of limited use outside the UK. The focus in Chapter 2 is on the UK higher education system (subsectors, enrolments, league tables and salary scales), again of more local value. Most of the issues and advice can, however, be readily translated into and interpreted within an Australasian context.Read more ›
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