Title first published in 2003. Qualitative research in broad terms confronts the question of the researcher's involvement in the production of knowledge. However, the method adopted even in highly positivist qualitative work has a history that bears on the research. This volume provides examples of engaging research work, outlining the key research process and examining the links between this and the final report.
’Prichard and Trowler’s international collection of accounts of empirically-based studies in educational settings offers powerful insights into the potential and actual achievements of qualitative and ethnographic research in the field of higher education. The book will prove invaluable to experienced and beginning researchers alike and also has much to offer educational policy makers and university administrators who want a better understanding of learning, teaching and research.’ Professor Rosemary Deem, University of Bristol, UK ’This is an important book. Craig Pritchard and Paul Trowler have assembled here some exemplary accounts of the private lives� of the communities that make up contemporary higher education - students, staff, their leaders and managers and the wider communities with which they interact. These accounts should be required reading, not just for researchers but for policy makers who seek to engineer change in any of the complex and varied aspects of university life; indeed, anyone working in, or in contact with, a university will find illumination here. In addition, the editors, themselves distinguished practitioners of close up� research, offer one of the best available short guides to, and justifications of, fine-grain qualitative social research - a justification which is amply confirmed by the contents of the book.’ Professor Oliver Fulton, Lancaster University, UK ’…the real beauty of the book is the attention given by the authors to method/ological issues and underlying theoretical frameworks. It is relatively unusual to find such a detailed engagement, either in books or journals, in published higher education research…Recommend this book…to anyone interested in learning more about the doing of higher education research, and in getting ideas as to how they might make a contribution.’ Studies in Higher Education ’…I wholeheartedly recommend this book to the community of researchers and practition
Contents: Student Learning in Higher Education: Going to university: family histories and post-secondary credentialing, Jane McEldowney Jensen; Ways in which students gain access to university discourses; the intersection of the academic curriculum with student voices, Moragh Paxton; Pay as you learn: the effects of part-time paid employment on academic performance, Catherine Watts; University, employability and employment, Josep M. Masjuan and Helena Troiano. Teaching Practices in Higher Education: Expressive practices in the higher education classroom, Tom Phillips; The marriage analogy; personal and positional relationships in PhD supervision, Sara Delmont; Policy driven curriculum restructuring: academic identities in transition?, Rob Moore. Organizing and Managing Higher Education: Improving the quality of education: what makes it actually work? A case study, Veerle Hulpiau and Kim Waeytens; Leading change: African conceptions of leadership and transformation in higher education in South Africa, David I. Bell; An integral part of the local community; politicians' perspectives on the local university, Tony Potts; Index.
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