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AISHE-J,- The all Ireland journal of teaching and learning in higher education, Spring 2018.


The Natonal Forum (NF) for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning has recently completed an inital implementaton of the Natonal Professional Development Framework (PDF) for all who teach in higher educaton. Prior to the publicaton of the PD Framework in 2016, there was no mechanism or route in place natonally to give structure, focus and support to individual staf to avail of relevant professional development and utlise it to realise their full potental in their teaching role. This important work is deepening sectoral understanding of the PDF itself and leading towards natonal recogniton of an individual’s commitment to their professional development across the universites, insttutes of technology and private colleges. This artcle is writen as a refectve commentary on this key natonal initatve in Irish higher educaton. It outlines the challenge in the development of the framework, that it must be relevant in a diversity of insttutonal contexts and approaches of professional development across the sector. The framework, to be sustainable, required an inherent inclusivity and fexibility that enables all staf who teach, regardless of the context within which they work, to engage with it to support their professional development throughout their career. This paper explores other themes that emerged during the development and subsequent implementaton of the framework including: the personal and professional aspects of development for those who teach; change as a means of individual empowerment; an emergent community of practce supportng implementaton; and supportng the emergence of transformatons at insttutonal level.