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Development of Teaching Academics in the Academic Labor Market in Germany

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Natalia Karmaeva

This study is an empirical and a theoretical contribution to academic labor market research in the social and educational sciences. The main focus is the situation of young academics who teach at German universities. Both the role of research and teaching in the academic labor market as well as opportunities for professional development in academia and beyond for those who teach are investigated. The study reveals how structures of the academic labor market, including academic culture, affect career decisions and development opportunities of young academics. The findings demonstrate how academics reconstruct the relation between teaching and research in their practice and how they seek new ways in making teaching meaningful in their working lives. The monograph proposes a model for evaluating the agency of academics and identifies the potential for social innovations in academia.
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Chapter 1 The academic labor market and academic work in Germany: the state of the art in research and theoretical implications

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Chapter 1: The academic labor market and academic work in Germany: the state of the art in research and theoretical implications

Introduction

The goals of this chapter are to discuss the latest research in the topic and propose an agenda for the current dissertation, which will be the analysis of social dynamics in academic work with teaching as an important component. The focus will be on academics in the social sciences. In this chapter the major research concepts such as academic work, academic labor market and professional development will be elaborated on. The second question to be addressed is how teaching as a component of academic work can be conceptualized and how the social context in which it finds itself can be characterized. In addition to that, it is important to link academic work to the idea of human development: why are the dynamics of academic work (teaching), its content and its conditions of great importance for the professional lives of academics?

In order to answer these questions, a literature review will be made, which will show how social change in the content and conditions of academic work is conceptualized. Furthermore, it will demonstrate absence of research which could capture the social dynamics of academic work, particularly teaching, with a disciplinary focus on the social sciences. Closely linked to that, the transformation of academic work, especially teaching in its relation to research, and the labor market concept will be formulated. In...

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