Higher Education

The transition from elite to mass higher education systems is a significant global development that forms the broader context for educational research that seeks to understand the experiences of higher education students, academics, teaching teams, change agents, leaders, departments, subject disciplines, professional fields, and institutions. There is a particular need for a critical perspective that dares to question current policy frameworks and uncovers contradictions that exist within the dominant managerialist and quality assurance paradigms. The aim of the higher education special interest group is to contribute to critical perspectives on higher education policy and practice. This is a broad remit that embraces interdisciplinary research and debate regarding appropriate and critical research methodologies.  Recent research papers and symposia presented by SIG members have included the following themes:

  • Teaching and learning approaches and issues
  • Assessment in higher education
  • Being an academic
  • Being a student
  • Policy trajectories
  • Academic development and capacity building strategies

The SIG aims to create a supportive network of educational researchers through building symposia for the main conference, through smaller scale activity during the year, by supporting new and early career researchers, and by building links with other higher education research networks.

Latest SIG Content

Exploring learning entanglement

12 April 2019 | Blog

Learning spaces are changing. Classrooms, once filled with uniform furnishings and distinct ‘teacher’ and ‘student’ territories, are being reimagined to provide learning spaces that support different forms of learning activity over the... [...]

The Future of Educational Research in Wales

27 March 2019 | Publication

This report, published by BERA in partnership with the Welsh Government, presents the proceedings of and lessons from the Future of Educational Research in Wales conference. Held in Cardiff on 14 November 2018, this hugely successful event... [...]

The gender wars, academic freedom and education

25 January 2019 | Blog

Academics who do not adhere to a particular line on gender and transgender issues have suffered intimidation by trans activists. The people under attack are not mavericks or extremists. They are feminists who question the trans-orthodox view that... [...]

Heutagogy: Panacea or predicament in higher education?

16 January 2019 | Blog

In recent years, teaching within higher education has undergone a shift toward increasingly student-led pedagogies, as institutions seek to improve student autonomy, motivation, and achievement (Rowley, Fook & Glazzard, 2018). As part of this... [...]

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