‘It feels like you’re going back to the beginning…’: addressing imposter feelings in early career academics through the creation of communities of practice

Mulholland, Kirstin, Nichol, David and Gillespie, Aidan (2022) ‘It feels like you’re going back to the beginning…’: addressing imposter feelings in early career academics through the creation of communities of practice. Journal of Further and Higher Education. ISSN 0309-877X (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2022.2095896

Abstract

In exploring imposter feelings in early career academics, this article examines the impacts of adopting social constructivist pedagogies. It reveals the significance of reflective practice in a Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice programme (PGCAP), supporting professional development in teaching, learning and assessment for new academics in a UK Higher Education context. A qualitative case study approach enabled researchers to gain insight into participants’ experiences; data was collected via semi-structured interviews. Findings suggest that causes for imposter feelings are multi-faceted, encompassing factors including interactions with students, and adjusting to university language, culture and systems. Alongside similar studies internationally, the authors present that employing social constructivist pedagogical tools in a planned programme of professional development for early career academics supports the creation of mutually empowering communities of practice (CoP), so addressing threats to professional identity, providing a horizontal alternative to organisational hierarchical support mechanisms, and enabling the construction of a secure academic identity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: imposter phenomenon, early career academics, social constructivism, pedagogy in higher education, communities of practice
Subjects: X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2022 13:13
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2022 10:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/49502

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