Critical theory has much to teach us about higher education. By linking critical models, methods, and research tools with an advocacy-driven vision of the central challenges facing postsecondary researchers and staff, Critical Approaches to the Study of Higher Education makes a significant-and long overdue-contribution to the development of the field.
The contributors argue that, far from being overly abstract, critical tools and methods are central to contemporary scholarship and can have practical policy implications when brought to the study of higher education. They argue that critical research design and critical theories help scholars see beyond the normative models and frameworks that have long limited our understanding of students, faculty, institutions, the organization and governance of higher education, and the policies that shape the postsecondary arena.
A rigorous and invaluable guide for researchers seeking innovative approaches to higher education and the morass of traditionally functionalist, rational, and neoliberal thinking that mars the field, this book is also essential for instructors who wish to incorporate the lessons of critical scholarship into their course development, curriculum, and pedagogy.
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
Studies authored by a solid array of seasoned scholars, newly minted doctorates, and doctoral students in the field from major institutions across the country... Most useful to institutions that host graduate programs in education to maintain research-level collections in the field. * Choice *
At the heart of the book is the idea that linking critical theories, models, and methodologies with a self-aware critical version is essential to social action in higher education. * Canadian Journal of Higher Education *
This book is a gem with a delicate vision to motivate scholars and teachers alike to engage in the noble-yet difficult-task of effecting change, especially the kind of transformation that advocates justice and nutures equity in higher education. * Reflective Teaching *
This book is both comprehensive in nature and seminal in content. * The Review of Higher Education *