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The History of U.S. Higher Education - Methods for Understanding the Past

1st Edition

Edited by Marybeth Gasman


228 pages

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The first volume in the Core Concepts of Higher Education series, The History of U.S. Higher Education: Methods for Understanding the Past is a unique research methods textbook that provides students with an understanding of the processes that historians use when conducting their own research. Written primarily for graduate students in higher education programs, this book explores critical methodological issues in the history of American higher education, including race, class, gender, and sexuality. Chapters include:

  • Reflective Exercises that combine theory and practice
  • Research Method Tips
  • Further Reading Suggestions.

Leading historians and those at the forefront of new research explain how historical literature is discovered and written, and provide readers with the methodological approaches to conduct historical higher education research of their own.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Marybeth Gasman

Section I. Methodological Approaches

1. "Within These Walls": Reading and Writing Institutional Histories, Darryl L. Peterkin

2. Oral History … As Scholarship, Katherine Chaddock

3. Autobiography and Biographical Research in Higher Education, Wayne Urban

4. "No Food, No Drinks, Pencil Only": Conducting and Interpreting Archival Research, Jordan R. Humphrey

5. The Literature Review as Scholarship: Using Critical Reviews and Historiography, Linda Eisenmann

Section II. Using a New Historical Lens

6. Horizontal History and Higher Education, John R. Thelin

7. Photographs as Primary Sources, Michael Bieze

8. Quantification and Cognitive History: Applying Social Science Theory and Method to Historical Data, Jane Robbins

9. Life History and Voice: On Standpoints and Reflexivity, William G. Tierney

Section III. Critical Examinations of Special Issues

10. "Poor" Research: Historiographical Challenges When Socio-Economic Status is the Unit of Analysis, Jana Nidiffer

11. Where is Your "Home"? Writing the History of Asian Americans in Higher Education, Sharon S. Lee

12. Beyond Black & White: Researching the History of Latinos in American Higher Education, Christopher Tudico

13. Writing through the Past: Federal Higher Education Policy, Philo Hutcheson

14. The Challenge of Writing the South, Amy E. Wells-Dolan

Epilogue. A Note about Footnotes, Jane Robbins

About the Editor

Marybeth Gasman is an Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

About the Series

Core Concepts in Higher Education

Core Concepts in Higher Education is a textbook series for the education of new professionals, covering the core areas of study in the field of higher education and student affairs. This timely and dependable series provides the necessary tools to ensure practice is informed by theory and research. The books in this series invite students to think critically about the field to discover what has been left out and what needs to be learned, and also provides frameworks and constructs for addressing challenges facing higher education. The Core Concepts in Higher Education series moves thought, action, and scholarship forward by valuing, reconstructing, and building on the foundations of the field. Through a rich combination of research, theory, and practice, this series aims to move the field into a new generation of scholarship to better prepare students for authentic leadership of our colleges, universities, and academic communities.

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