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The knowledge and skill concepts that teachers need to possess about teaching and learning are not defined in succinct ways in the higher education literature, there being a trend towards broad theorization and generalization about teachers’ and students’ conceptions and the influence of those conceptualizations on behaviours and application of ‘good’ teaching and learning practices. The consequence is that there is very little guidance for academic staff developers including the developers of courses such as Post Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching courses, who are interested in making explicit the specific knowledge and skills that underpin and contribute to the development of the broader qualities and attributes of effective teachers. This study aims to focus upon the practice of teaching, with a view to identifying the sets of knowledge and skills that are essential for teachers to know and be able to apply in higher education contexts. The goal of this study is to articulate the concepts and processes that make up the knowledge and skills base teachers draw upon and utilize as they teach in higher education settings.

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