Researching Student Learning in Higher Education: A social realist approach - Research into Higher Education (Hardback)Jennifer M. Case (author)
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Many contemporary concerns in higher education focus on the student experience of learning.With a larger and much more diverse intake than ever before, linked with a declining unit of resource, questions are being asked afresh around the purposes of higher education. Although much of the debate is currently focused on issues of student access and success, a simple input-output model of higher education is insufficient.
This book turns this conversation on its head, by inserting a full consideration of student agency into the context of higher education.Working sociologically, it explores the influence of the social context on what the individual student achieves. The theoretical tenets of a social realist approach are laid out in detail in the book; the potential value of this approach is then illustrated by a case study of student learning in engineering education.Employing Margaret Archer's social realist theory, an analysis of student narratives is used to work towards a realist understanding of the underlying mechanisms that constrain and enable student success.Building on this analysis, the book develops a novel set of proposals for potential ways forward in improving student learning in higher education.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 156
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
"There is much to be commended in this book and much to learn from it. In terms of audience, it is suitable for a wide range: established education researchers restless with their present theoretical frameworks and the questions they ask; post graduate and doctoral students starting out on Critical and Social Realist research, and anyone keen to engage more critically with what lies `beneath' that which we take for granted. Besides the strength of a coherent argument and the logic of the structure which informs it, it is perhaps Case's capacity to `walk the talk' of theory and simultaneously integrate its application, that make this book the enlightening and valuable read it is." - Carol Thompson, Higher Education
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