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Researching Higher Education
International perspectives on theory, policy and practice

ISBN 9781138938847
Published November 4, 2015 by Routledge
278 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Research on higher education has yielded many insights that have improved our theoretical and practical understanding but there are still many themes that continue to appear on research agendas, provoking renewed focus on these complex questions and problems. Researching Higher Education explores these issues, examining topics such as equity in access and participation, the relationship between higher education and society, how and what students learn and the professional development of academics.

In this volume, contributors from Europe, Australia, Africa and the US critically address ongoing issues with a set of key questions to guide their analysis: What do we know? What are the missing links and gaps in past research? What are the implications for further research?

Key themes include:

  • The nature of higher education
  • Higher education and society
  • Staff and students in higher education
  • Teaching and learning
  • Curriculum and assessment

Critical, engaging and international in scope, Researching Higher Education will be a valuable guide for academics, researchers, postgraduate students and policy makers in the higher education community.

Table of Contents

Preface Jennifer M. Case & Jeroen Huisman

Chapter 1: Higher education research in the United Kingdom since 1945 Malcolm Tight

Part 1: Higher education and society

Chapter 2: Internationalisation of higher education Sheila Trahar, Wendy Green, Hans de Wit & Craig Whitsed

Chapter 3: Public engagement in higher education: The state of the art Richard Watermeyer & Jamie Lewis

Chapter 4: Creativity and innovation in the twenty-first century university William G. Tierney and Michael Lanford

Chapter 5: Whose Academy? Gender and higher education  Sarah J. Aiston

Chapter 6: Working class students in Western higher education Carli Rowell

Chapter 7: Reassessing the outcomes of higher education Heike Behle, Gabriel Atfield, Peter Elias, Lynn Gambin, Anne Green, Terence Hogarth, Kate Purcell, Charikleia Tzanakou & Christopher Warhurst

Chapter 8: Policy-making in higher education: Is a ‘theory of everything’ possible? Theresa Shanahan, Paul Axelrod, Roopa Desai Trilokekar, & Richard Wellen

Part 2: Curriculum, teaching and learning

Chapter 9: The professional development of academics as teachers: Reconsiderations Brenda Leibowitz

Chapter 10: Curriculum in higher education research Johanna Annala, Jyri Lindén & Marita Mäkinen

Chapter 11: Research into student learning and university teaching: Changing perspectives Noel Entwistle, Evangelia Karagiannopoulou, Anna Ólafsdóttir & Paul Walker

Chapter 12: ‘Student experience’ surveys: political, theoretical and empirical dimensions Mantz Yorke

Chapter 13: Mind the gap: the chasm between research and practice in teaching and learning with technology Linda Price, Adrian Kirkwood and John T. E. Richardson

Chapter 14: More than the sum of its parts: higher education research explored Sue Clegg

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Jennifer M. Case is Professor of Academic Development in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Jeroen Huisman is Professor of Higher Education at the Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent, Ghent University, Belgium.