Wicked issues: higher education research, and institutional innovation for learning and teaching – a reflection

Childs, Merilyn and Brown, Mark and Keppell, Mike and Hard, Natasha (2013) Wicked issues: higher education research, and institutional innovation for learning and teaching – a reflection. In: 36th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference (HERDSA 2013): The Place of Learning and Teaching, 1-4 Jul 2013, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Abstract

The authors recently completed a funded research project in learning and teaching in higher education during which dilemmas in method choice emerged. This showcase unpacks the
research process undertaken drawing on the analytical framework devised by Buchanan & Bryman (2007) in their consideration of the field properties that shape method choice in organizational studies. It considers the 'wicked issues in situating theory in close-up research' Trowler (2012, p. 278) in a study conducted within a field of practice where funding bias supports empirical and descriptive studies congruent with improving the quality
of learning and teaching, leadership capacity building and deliverables of use to the sector.
This theory-method trajectory created a narrow space within which discursive and argumentative research problems might be pursued. Getting the 'balance right' in the case of
our study was partially vested in methodology – but we came to the view that whilst epistemological and methodological clarity was important, struggling with theory-method and
data-theory trajectories remained central to the development of critically engaged applied research.


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Additional Information: Copyright © 2013 HERDSA and the authors. Apart from any fair dealing for the purposes of research or private study, criticism or review, this publication may only be reproduced, stored or transmitted, in any form or by any means, with the prior permission in writing of the publishers.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2013 05:42
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2014 03:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: applied research; academic learning support; teaching methods
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24059

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