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Researching Learning in Higher Education

An Introduction to Contemporary Methods and Approaches, 1st Edition

By Glynis Cousin

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260 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Across the world, universities are transforming their teaching and learning practices to meet the challenges facing Higher Education in the 21st century. Research into teaching and learning in Higher Education has never been a more important issue. Growing numbers of academics across disciplines are conducting research in their teaching. This book presents contemporary approaches to researching university teaching and learning to address this rising demand. The author provides a much needed comprehensive yet basic approach for conducting this type of research.

A perfect resource for new lecturers, professional developers, researchers and graduate students; this book provides useful and effective guidance for conducting teaching and learning research in Higher Education. Filling a clear gap in the market, this book covers all the essential methodological and theoretical bases needed to engage in Higher Education research. This book offers a refreshingly light yet serious approach to research which has proved to yield significant advances in the field, allowing new academics from any discipline to effectively conduct higher education research. Each chapter covers the following:

  1. FRAMING HIGHER EDUCATION RESEARCH
  2. Generating an ETHICAL FRAMEWORK
  3. QUALITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS
  4. FOCUS GROUP RESEARCH
  5. SEMI-STRUCTURED INTERVIEWS
  6. NARRATIVE INQUIRY
  7. ETHNOGRAPHIC APPROACHES
  8. CASE STUDY RESEARCH
  9. ACTION RESEARCH
  10. APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY
  11. PHENOMENOGRAPHY
  12. RESEARCHING THRESHOLD CONCEPTS
  13. VISUAL RESEARCH
  14. EVALUATION APPROACHES

This book is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in up to date theories and methods for conducting teaching and learning research in Higher Education.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Methodological Issues

Chapter 3: Evaluation Research

Chapter 4: Case Study Research

Chapter 5: Action Research

Chapter 6: Interviews

Chapter 7: Focus Group Research

Chapter 8: Ethnography

Chapter 9: Critical incident analysis

Chapter 10: Researching online

Chapter 11: Quantitative Research

Chapter 12: Appreciative Inquiry

Chapter 13: Researching from a disciplinary perspective

Chapter 14: Ethical Issues

Chapter 15: Analysing Qualitative Data

Chapter 16: Conclusion

About the Author

Glynis Cousin is a senior advisor at the Higher Education Academy. She is one of the UK’s foremost educational researchers and has extensive experience working with teachers in many disciplines. She has written a number of titles on Educational Development, Teaching and Learning and Research.

About the Series

SEDA Series

Written by experienced and well-known practitioners and published in association with the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), each book in the series contributes to the development of learning, teaching and training and assists in the professional development of staff. The books present new ideas for learning development and facilitate the exchange of information and good practice.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU015000
EDUCATION / Higher
TEC015000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Imaging Systems