The added value of the Pracademic Classroom in the social science discipline of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
While HEIs have traditionally recruited research-focused academics in order to strengthen their position within the REF, both the introduction of the TEF and KEF alongside increased competition has led to HEIs marketing themselves as employability focussed in recent years. This has seen the spotlight emerge on the concept of pracademia; the nexus between pragmatic ‘real world’ practice and abstract academia. This session initially explores who and what ‘counts’ as a pracademic, before moving on to examine the benefits pracademics bring to HEIs in terms of enhancing teaching, learning and scholarship. To illustrate the added value of the pracademic classroom real world examples of disruptive pedagogical teaching practices which have been utilised on professional and traditional taught undergraduate campus-based programmes will be shared from the facilitator’s discipline - criminology and criminal justice - where there is a paucity of focus on pracademia, unlike other disciplines, such as business, health and education. The session concludes with an opportunity for participants to ask questions and share ideas. While participants will leave the session with some take away hints, tips and tricks to add to their personal teaching and learning toolkits, a key aim of the session is to develop pracademic networking opportunities.
pracademic, disruptive pedagogy, teaching excellence, criminal justice, criminology, pracademic classroom
Turgoose, D. (2023)The added value of the Pracademic Classroom in the social science discipline of Criminology and Criminal Justice NTF/CATE conference WISER 20th April DMU
Institute for Research in Criminology, Community, Education and Social Justice