The UK Government continues to reorganise and transform post-compulsory education to support the growth of a marketised and consumer-driven provision. There is a clear trend towards increasing competition, through the fragmentation and... [...]
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
The BERA Blog editors are pleased to announce the launch of a new series of publications: BERA Bites, edited collections of selected articles on key topics in education published on the BERA Blog. Presented in an easily printable and accessible... [...]
Easier access to quality CPD for teachers while saving the taxpayer money: Can it really be this easy?
If someone were to come up with an idea that would facilitate the take-up by teachers of CPD of proven quality that would reduce teacher debt and, at the same time, save the taxpayer money, most people would expect that person’s suggestion to... [...]
As more people gain university degrees, people are increasingly aware that some degrees may be worth more than others. We know that the British socioeconomic elite is dominated by people who have attended elite universities, and widening access... [...]
In 2014, when I started my PhD at the University of Huddersfield about globalisation and higher education in Vietnam, I found myself thinking, ‘Why do I need to go halfway around the world to do research on my country’s higher education? Why... [...]
In a recent, very well-written blog, Professor Alice Sullivan argues that it is high time for UK education journals to abandon the practice of viewing the fact that a paper has been circulated as a working paper as an impediment to publication in... [...]