A review of the Higher Education Close Up 5 conference

Williams, Joanna (2011) A review of the Higher Education Close Up 5 conference. Teaching in Higher Education, 16 (3). pp. 353-363. ISSN 1356-2517. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2011.569173.) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This essay aims to provide a critical overview of the main themes to emerge from the Higher Education Close Up 5 conference held at Lancaster University in July 2010. The conference explored the relationship between theory and method in higher education (HE) research. This essay focuses upon four themes that developed from the proceedings. I begin by considering the emergence of HE research as a field of study, and then look at the theoretical and methodological approaches which could, perhaps, help to define the field. I then explore the extent to which HE researchers can rely upon the work of one thinker to provide a theoretical underpinning to their work or whether we should instead be prepared to exercise a degree of instrumentalism in our decision to adopt certain theoretical approaches over others. Finally, I consider how we can (and whether we should) theorise silences and absences in our research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Bernstein Bourdieu realism research field theorising absences.
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculties > University wide - Teaching/Research Groups > Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Depositing User: Joanna Williams
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2014 14:44 UTC
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2014 14:44 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/45215 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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