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Higher education studies as a field of research.

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dc.contributor.author McKenna, Sioux
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-28T14:20:51Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-28T14:20:51Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11622/22
dc.description.abstract The field of Higher Education Studies is a rapidly growing one in South Africa and abroad but there has been little systematic review of the form this growth is taking. This article presents a case study of higher education research by considering a newly formed Higher Education Studies doctoral programme. The programme comprises 29 PhD scholars in 2014, all engaged in research on some aspect of higher education. The description of the PhD programme, the PhD scholars and what their research topics are, reveals a picture of the broad range of concerns within the field of Higher Education Studies and suggests that the field is a region, in Bernstein’s terms. This means that it draws on multiple disciplines and looks both to the values and structures of those disciplines and to the professional world of work. It is argued that the strengthening of the epistemological base of Higher Education Studies is necessary for higher education research to move forwards with enhanced relational and positional autonomy. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher The IIE en_US
dc.subject Higher Education- South Africa en_US
dc.subject Doctoral programmes en_US
dc.subject Higher education research en_US
dc.title Higher education studies as a field of research. en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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    This collection contains approved preprints for submission to "The Independent Journal of Teaching and Learning" the accredited open access journal published by The IIE. ISSN: 1818-9687.

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