1st Edition

Building Knowledge in Higher Education Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Legitimation Code Theory

Edited By Christine Winberg, Sioux McKenna, Kirstin Wilmot Copyright 2021
    312 Pages 80 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    312 Pages 80 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    From pressures to become economically efficient to calls to act as an agent of progressive social change, higher education is facing a series of challenges. There is an urgent need for a rigorous and sophisticated research base to support the informed development of practices. Yet studies of educational practices in higher education remain theoretically underdeveloped and segmented by discipline and country. Building Knowledge in Higher Education illustrates how Legitimation Code Theory is bringing research together from across the disciplinary map and enabling practical change in a rigorously theorized way.

    The volume addresses both students and educators. Part I explores ways of supporting student achievement from STEM to the arts, from introductory courses to doctoral training, and from using new digital media to reflective writing. Part II focuses on academic staff development in higher education, reaching from curriculum design to pedagogic practices. All chapters focus on issues of contemporary relevance to higher education, showing how Legitimation Code Theory enables these issues to be understood and practices improved.

    Building Knowledge in Higher Education brings together internationally renowned scholars in higher education studies, academic development, academic literacies, and sociology, with some of the brightest new researchers. The volume significantly extends understandings of teaching and learning in changing higher education contexts and so contributes to educational research and practice. It will be essential reading not only to scholars and students in these fields but also to scholars and educators in higher education more generally.

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    Notes on Contributors

    Chapter 1. ‘Nothing So Practical as Good Theory’: Legitimation Code Theory in Higher Education

    Christine Winberg, Sioux Mckenna and Kirstin Wilmot

    Part I: Student Learning Across the Disciplinary Map

    Chapter 2. Demystifying Reflective Writing in Teacher Education with Semantic Gravity

    Lucy Macnaught

    Chapter 3. Making Waves in Teacher Education: Scaffolding Students’ Disciplinary Understandings by ‘Doing’ Analysis

    Anna-Vera Meidell Sigsgaard

    Chapter 4. New Assessment Forms in Higher Education: A Study of Student Generated Digital Media Products in The Health Sciences

    Helen Georgiou and Wendy Nielsen

    Chapter 5. Misalignments in Assessments: Using Semantics to Reveal Weaknesses

    Ilse Rootman-Le Grange and Margaret A.L. Blackie

    Chapter 6. Supporting the Academic Success of Students Through Making Knowledge-Building Visible

    Lee Rusznyak

    Chapter 7. (Un)Critical Reflection: Uncovering Disciplinary Values in Social Work and Business Reflective Writing Assignments

    Namala Tilakaratna and Eszter Szenes

    Chapter 8. Learning How to Theorize in Doctoral Writing: A Tool for Teaching and Learning

    Kirstin Wilmot

    Part II: Professional Learning in Higher Education

    Chapter 9. Changing Curriculum and Teaching Practice: A Practical Theory for Academic Staff Development

    Sherran Clarence and Martina Van Heerden

    Chapter 10. A Semantics Analysis of First Year Physics Teaching: Developing Students’ Use of Representations in Problem-Solving

    Honjiswa Conana, Delia Marshall and Jennifer Case

    Chapter 11. From Principle to Practice: Enabling Theory-Practice Bridging in Engineering Education

    Karin Wolff

    Chapter 12. Building the Knowledge Base of Blended Learning: Implications for Educational Technology and Academic Development

    J. P. Bosman and Sonja Strydom

    Chapter 13. Legitimate Participation in Program Renewal: The Role of Academic Development Units

    Gert Young and Cecilia Jacobs

    Chapter 14. Decolonizing the Science Curriculum: When Good Intentions are Not Enough

    Hanelie Adendorff and Margaret A.L. Blackie

    Chapter 15. The Role of Assessment in Preparing Academic Developers for Professional Practice

    Lynn Quinn

    Chapter 16. Academic Development: Autonomy Pathways Towards Gaining Legitimacy

    Jo-Anne Vorster


    Christine Winberg is a leading scholar in work-integrated learning, in which she holds a South African Research Chair.

    Sioux McKenna is a renowned scholar in higher education studies.

    Kirstin Wilmot is an emerging scholar in the field of doctoral education.

    All three are associate members of the LCT Centre for Knowledge-Building.