Who is the newer researcher into higher education? Locating ourselves in shifting terrains

Hancock, Sally, Clegg, Sue, Crossouard, Barbara, Kahn, Peter and Weller, Saranne (2016) Who is the newer researcher into higher education? Locating ourselves in shifting terrains. Higher Education Research and Development, 35 (2). pp. 282-295. ISSN 0729-4360

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Abstract

This article aims to deconstruct the underpinning tenets of the term ‘newer researcher into higher education’. In recognition of the ambiguities of the term, we begin by questioning the nature of the field(s) of research into higher education (HE). Secondly, we critique the policy discourses associated with the term ‘newer researcher’. Then, with a view to illustrating the over-linear assumptions of such discourses, the article articulates the biographies of practising researchers in this field through narrative reconstructions of the five authors’ own routes as researchers into HE, openly acknowledging their temporalities and serendipitous conditionalities. Finally, we consider the nature of a career in the context of the professionalisation of routes into HE research. Our concluding remarks return us to the question of the status of HE research and to suggestions of positive ways to embrace the dilemmas we face.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: early career researchers, newer researcher, researcher identities, research into higher education
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Yasmin Ali
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2015 12:17
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 06:03
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/56996

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