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Where is the next quantum leap in professional development?

Linda McLain
Professional Development, Edith Cowan University
Christine Gunson
HR Strategy Development, Edith Cowan University
The challenge for professional developers in higher education is to understand the emergent operating environment and to develop appropriate and efficient tactics relevant to the transformational change context that support and align to the organisation's vision and strategies.

This requires that professional developers play a pre-emptive leading role rather than a reactionary role. This will involve re-conceptualising their roles in order to implement programs that effectively meet the diverse needs of key employee groups who are negotiating change.

The Professional Development centre at Edith Cowan University took a proactive and strategic approach and has developed a new model for providing strategically based training at ECU. The foundation of this model is the Service Level Agreement and an account manager concept.

In addition, the Professional Development centre Action Research Project will be discussed in the context of the implications for professional development theory and practice which include:

Please cite as: McLain, L. and Gunson, C. (2003). Where is the next quantum leap in professional development? In Partners in Learning. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 11-12 February 2003. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2003/abstracts/mclain1-abs.html

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