n South African Journal of Higher Education - Plotting the playing field for continuing professional development in the natural sciences




Continuing professional development (CPD) has been studied from various perspectives and within a variety of professional disciplines. Academics in the natural sciences in higher education have, however, not been the focal point in these studies as they practise on the interface of different professions. They are a unique group that practise and develop their occupation within the educational sphere, whilst their expertise lies within the scientific domain. A qualitative study amongst lecturers in the natural sciences at Stellenbosch University was conducted to investigate the conceptualisation of CPD within this professional sector. The article focuses on what it means to be a professional for university lecturers in the natural sciences. The article furthermore reports on the need for, and the purpose of CPD in this sector of higher education.


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