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Doing Insider Research in Universities (Doctoral Research into Higher Education)

Doing Insider Research in Universities (Doctoral Research into Higher Education) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Trowler

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This book is designed to be as helpful as possible for anyone who wants to research the higher education institution (HEI) or university in which they are employed or enrolled. It is concise, while still being comprehensive and useful, at 16,800 words (about 50 pages in Word format), recognising that people appreciate concision.

The book offers guidance on the issues which are specific to insider research in universities as particular types of organizations. Its audience is newcomers to insider research within universities considering doing such a project for professional reasons, for a PhD, or as part of a funded research project.

The book points the reader to key issues they need to consider and to the best literature resources to explore these further, where they need to. It covers areas such as: good research design; avoiding potential problems; taking best advantage of insider research designs; guaranteeing robustness and value; and dealing with especially problematic issues in insider research, such as ethical and political ones. There is a chapter based on the author’s own research work which suggests fruitful theoretical approaches and related insider research agendas. The final chapter suggests further resources for insider research.

Paul Trowler is uniquely qualified to write on this topic. He is Professor of Higher Education at Lancaster University, UK. His PhD thesis was an insider study of a university. He has supervised many ‘insider’ PhD theses to successful completion. Paul has previously written 19 books, 21 articles, 20 chapters (all in conventional, physical, format). He has BA, MA, Cert. Ed. and PhD degrees and is an elected Fellow of the Society for Research into Higher Education.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Overview
What is ‘insider’ research?
Challenges & opportunities
Chapter 2: Researching universities
Universities as organizations
Researching professional knowledge
Chapter 3: Research design
Questions and answers
Single & multi-site studies
Action research
Evaluative research
Institutional ethnography
Hypothesis testing
Theory & insider research
An example of research design
Chapter 4: Value & robustness
Beyond the particular
Questions for the insider researcher
Chapter 5: Ethical & political issues
Chapter 6: Social practice theory applied
Researching social practices
Ontological & epistemological implications
Research design & topics
Chapter 7: Resources for insider research
Online resources
About the author

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 197 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Prof Paul Trowler (7 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006JI3SGK
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Paul Trowler is Professor in Higher Education, Lancaster University and Research Director of here@Lancaster (the higher education research and evaluation centre there). He has research interests which include: enhancing student engagement; academic 'tribes' and their disciplinary territories; planning and managing change in universities; the implementation of planned change particularly related to the enhancement of the curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment; higher education policy-making and environmental change; cultures in universities; and approaches to evaluation.

His full CV is at

There are videos of some of Paul's lectures at his youtube channel - .

You can contact Paul at p.trowler [at] He is happy to receive suggestions about his Kindle books. Amendments made by Paul will be updated in copies you have without charge (Amazon will inform you about the update by email).

For upcoming talks and events to be given or organized by Paul, please see the relevant sections of my CV page: URL above.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Doing Insider Research in Universities 18 May 2012
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This is an easy to read book by Paul Trowler. It opened my eyes to a lot of things that I initially took for granted about being a researcher in your own institution. The author also highlights the benefits that come with being an insider researcher. Doing Insider Research in Universities
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