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.

chapter 1|20 pages

Higher education research in the United Kingdom since 1945

ByMalcolm Tight

part Part I|130 pages

Higher education and society

chapter 2|19 pages

The internationalisation of higher education

BySheila Trahar, Wendy Green, Hans de Wit, Craig Whitsed

chapter 3|19 pages

Public engagement in higher education

The state of the art
ByRichard Watermeyer, Jamie Lewis

chapter 4|19 pages

Creativity and innovation in the twenty-first-century university

ByWilliam G. Tierney, Michael Lanford

chapter 5|17 pages

Whose academy? Gender and higher education

BySarah Jane Aiston

chapter 6|17 pages

Working-class students in Western higher education

ByCarli Rowell

chapter 7|18 pages

Reassessing the employment outcomes of higher education

ByHeike Behle, Gabriel Atfield, Peter Elias, Lynn Gambin, Anne Green, Terence Hogarth, Kate Purcell, Charikleia Tzanakou, Christopher Warhurst

chapter 8|19 pages

Policy-making in higher education

Is a ‘theory of everything' possible?
ByTheresa Shanahan, Paul Axelrod, Roopa Desai Trilokekar, Richard Wellen

part Part II|96 pages

Curriculum, teaching and learning

chapter 9|18 pages

The professional development of academics as teachers

ByBrenda Leibowitz

chapter 10|19 pages

Curriculum in higher education research

ByJohanna Annala, Jyri Lindén, Marita Mäkinen

chapter 11|19 pages

Research into student learning and university teaching

Changing perspectives
ByNoel Entwistle, Evangelia Karagiannopoulou, Anna Ólafsdóttir, Paul Walker

chapter 12|18 pages

‘Student experience' surveys

Political, theoretical and empirical dimensions
ByMantz Yorke

chapter 13|20 pages

Mind the gap

The chasm between research and practice in teaching and learning with technology
ByLinda Price, Adrian Kirkwood, John T. E. Richardson

part Part III|14 pages


chapter 14|12 pages

More than the sum of its parts

Higher education research explored
BySue Clegg