The teaching staff in higher education. Utopia or reality?


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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