Culture Club: Experiences of running a journal club for continuing professional development in higher education


  • Jim Christopher Turner Liverpool John Moores University
  • Amanda Mason
  • Roger Harrison
  • Tunde Varga-Atkins



journal club, continuing professional development, internationalisation, educational technology, transnational education


This article discusses the experiences of a journal club established to enable staff from different higher education (HE) institutions and roles to develop their knowledge and understanding around a shared interest in the areas of internationalisation and educational technology.  Journal clubs have been used, mainly within the field of medicine and healthcare, to facilitate group learning. The club enabled the group to navigate a complex terrain of literature, develop a focus for reading and identifying a potential area for research and collaboration. Members of the journal club experienced several benefits from participation which are discussed together with the challenges of sustaining engagement over time. The article concludes with highlighting ways in which journal clubs can provide a fruitful form of continuing professional development in higher education, particularly in complex subject areas that traverse numerous roles and domains and makes recommendations for those considering establishing a journal club for similar purposes.    


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