La experiencia universitaria y la profesión académica

Jesús Francisco Galaz Fontes


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La identificación, reclutamiento y fomento al desarrollo de futuros académicos es de vital importancia para la renovación de la profesión académica. Este trabajo discute la influencia de la experiencia universitaria en la decisión de los estudiantes de perseguir una carrera académica. Considerando la naturaleza del trabajo académico, se describen algunas de las características personales más apropiadas para dicho trabajo; así como la manera en como la experiencia universitaria tiene un impacto sobre ellas. Luego de concebir la decisión de convertirse en académico como una elección vocacional, el trabajo concluye con la recomendación de algunas políticas que pudieran ser útiles para las instituciones interesadas en identificar y apoyar a aquellos estudiantes con el potencial de incorporarse exitosamente a la profesión académica.


Abstract

The identification, recruitment and nurturing of future scholars is of vital importance for the renewal of the academic profession. This paper discusses the influence of the college experience on students’ decisions to pursue an academic career. Taking into consideration the nature of academic work, it describes the personal qualities most suitable for such a work, as well as the impact the university experience has on them. After discussing the decision of becoming an academic as a vocational choice, the paper ends with some policy recommendations for institutions interested in identifying and supporting students with the potential for going successfully into the academic profession.

Keywords: Faculty, academic profession, vocational choice, student development, college experience.


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Académicos; educación superior; decisiones vocacionales; desarrollo estudiantes; experiencia universitaria; profesión académica.

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