Researching Student Learning in Higher Education : A social realist approach Paperback / softback
Part of the Research into Higher Education series
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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 156 pages, 3 Line drawings, black and white; 13 Tables, black and white; 3 Illustrations, black and
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Publication Date: 09/08/2013
- Category: Educational psychology
- ISBN: 9780415662352