John Brennan

John Brennan
The Open University (UK) · Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise

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Full-text available: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/SwGDiHQYbsUMdtxSpCj4/full The article addresses the opportunities and drawbacks of institutional research as a particular form of higher education research in Europe and its relationship to institutional-level policy making. Through emphasis on institutional research on student matters, and stu...
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The presentation will analyse the impacts of the Bologna Process on the achievement of equity and social justice in and through higher education, drawing on the experience of its implementation in Spain. It will consider especially the structural changes and emphasis on student centred teaching and learning methodology encouraged by Bologna. With r...
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The notion of disciplinary cultures and the interests and attitudes that arise from them have been central to much writing about academe. Loyalty to the disciplinary community nearly always outweighs loyalty to the employing university. Whether reference is made to the ‘basic unit’ or the ‘academic tribe’ or the ‘intellectual field’, it is a subjec...
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The chapter reviews our current state of knowledge of higher education’s contribution to social equity and the achievement of a just and fair society. It examines the balance between higher education’s contribution to extending opportunities and enhancing mobility on the one hand and to protecting privilege and reproducing inequalities on the other...
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Higher education research is a small field as compared to the size of the higher education system. As a theme-based field, it is expected to strive both for academic quality and practical relevance. Many scholars involved address this area only occasionally, and more research is linked to administrations or external stakeholders than based on acade...
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An agenda for future higher education research is proposed which incorporates four interconnected elements: changing social contexts; their implications for higher education; mechanisms of interaction between higher education and society; higher education’s impact on society. The role of comparative research in investigating these topics is discuss...
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The article examines the theoretical and empirical literature on higher education’s role in relation to social equity and related notions of citizenship, social justice, social cohesion and meritocracy. It considers both the education and the research functions of higher education and how these impact upon different sections of society, on who bene...
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Higher education research isclosely linked to the debates on highereducation policy and practice. It provides theinformation basis for decisions about thefuture of higher education. As the themes of the public debate on problems and reform needs in higher education change quickly, higher education research has to anticipate future problems andtheme...
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The notion of disciplinary cultures and the interests and attitudes that arise from them have been central to much writing about academe. Loyalty to the disciplinary community nearly always outweighs loyalty to the employing university. Whether reference is made to the ‘basic unit’ or the ‘academic tribe’ or the ‘intellectual field’, it is a subjec...
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Higher education as a field of study has been relatively ignored by social scientists. Yet it is a growing area of research, especially applied research, as higher education itself becomes more visible and important within advanced ‘knowledge economies’. Higher education is seen by some to hold the key, at least in part, to the achievement of both...
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About the Book: The unfolding of the ‘knowledge society’ is crucially important for governments, the world of learning and research, and society at large in the 21st century. This volume explores the ramifications of the knowledge society in its special relationship to higher education. At stake is a deeper understanding of how to ensure sustainabl...
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About the book: In recent decades, factors such as the diffusion of mass systems of higher eduction and their increasing complexity and differentiation, the tendency to stregthen the autonomy of individual institutions, and the establishment of international exchange and co-operation networks in both research and teaching have strongly favoured the...
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Recent European studies have shown most graduates to be in quite reasonable employment situations a few years after graduating. While concerns continue to be expressed by some employers that many graduates do not possess the right skills and competencies, there is also considerable industry in many universities to improve the employability of their...
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This report examines the links between work experience during higher education and experiences within the labour market in the UK, post-graduation. It has been based on data on UK graduates, with a sample drawn from the 1994/5 cohort of students graduating in 'first degree' or equivalent programmes. The research conducted (which was part of a large...
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This article presents an overview of the state of the art in studies of higher education and the world of work, based on papers, some of which are published in this issue, presented at the 1992 annual meeting of the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers. It considers the contributions made to the study of the subject by different disciplines a...
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Discusses sociological findings on the impact of college on students, the objectives of staff, and the characteristics of student culture drawing implications for teachers and learners, e.g. need for better integration of academic and non-academic college life so they are not perceived as making competing demands on students' time. (JT)
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One of a selection of twelve country reports written as a contribution to the international Changing Academic Profession study that features over 20 countries. Each chapter addresses the issues of relevance, internationalisation and management and their implications for the academic profession in a particular country. These are: Australia, Brazil,...

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