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.
About the Author
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.
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