Qualitative research in broad terms confronts the question of the researcher's involvement in the production of knowledge. However, the method adopted even in highly positivist qualitative work has a history that bears on the research, and it is this aspect that provides the focus for this volume. The editors provide examples of engaging research work, outlining the key research process and examining the links between this and the final report. The collection is divided into three sections, each relating to one of three substantive higher education research areas - student learning, teaching, and management and organization. The contributors represent the core research methodologies (evaluative, interpretive, critical, action and historical) found in qualitative research generally and in the higher education field in particular, and report on critical research undertaken in Africa, Continental Europe, North America and Australia.
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 www.lancs.ac.uk/staff/trowler/cv.htm
There are videos of some of Paul's lectures at his youtube channel - just type Paul Trowler into the youtube search box.
You can contact Paul at p.trowler [a] gmail.com. 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).