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

Further reasons why educational research needs working papers

6 July 2018 | Blog

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... [...]

Why education research needs working papers

29 May 2018 | Blog

British education journals often object to the early publication of research findings in the form of working papers (also known as preprints). But would greater use of working papers be beneficial for the health of education research in the... [...]

‘TEF: What next?’ A report on a BERA HE SIG seminar

19 April 2018 | Blog

The BERA special interest group (SIG) for higher education (HE) recently held a very successful themed seminar for BERA members on 16 March at Birmingham City University. There was a full programme covering eight presentations from across the UK... [...]

‘TEF what next ….?’ A HE SIG themed seminar

16 March 2018 | Event

  This event is now fully booked. Please email events@bera.ac.uk if you would like to receive notice of changes in availability or similar events.       This seminar event is aimed at anyone currently working in higher education as it... [...]

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