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Pobytové akce se studenty: ochota a připravenost k participaci akademických pracovníků

Title in English Multi-day events with students: responsibility and readiness for participation of academics

BLAŽKOVÁ Martina MACKŮ Richard

Year of publication 2019
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Vysokoškolský učitel vzdělávání, praktiky, pozice
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Keywords Multi-day event; adaptation course; university teacher; academics; extra-curricular activity; leisure time; qualitative content analysis;questionnaire
Description Adaptation and get-to-know courses, project days, and other extra-curricular activities are increasingly appearing in accredited university degree programs of all kinds. These are multi-day events with varying degrees of intensity and different proportions of time devoted to official program activities and leisure activities. The nature of these events implies the participation of students and academics – university teachers. The paper draws attention not only to the strengths and weaknesses of the multi-day events themselves but also to the unmet need for informal meetings of students and teachers during these events. Based on the questioning (the five opened question questionnaire was delivered to the academic staff, outputs were analysed in qualitative analysis of text responses content within systematic sorted coding, identifying and mapping topics) among the academic staff of two faculties of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, the authors discuss the degree of willingness and readiness of academic staff to attend these events and informal meeting with students during their free time. Academics most often justify their participation in multi-day events by the benefits of participation for both groups of participants; a less formal environment is allowing for better mutual knowledge, the possibility of establishing a relationship, attuning to it, and then continuing in teaching. The reason for their absence in multi-day events lies in the character traits of academics, such as introversion, health reasons, or time constraints. These findings provide an insight into the motivation of academics to participate in multi-day events that have the potential to offer both a more open environment for university teachers and students. This informal environment offers space for breaking the boundaries of the university environment. It is the opening of the climate of a higher education institution that has a chance to motivate students. In order to gain a deeper understanding of the role of university educators in the environment of extra-curricular activities, it would be desirable to supplement the findings with the students’ perspective.

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