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On Researching Ourselves: The Difficult Case of Autonomy in Researching Higher Education

Autonomy in Social Science Research

ISBN: 978-0-7623-1405-8, eISBN: 978-1-84950-481-2

ISSN: 1479-3628

Publication date: 9 February 2007

Abstract

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 greater wealth and greater social equity; the former through the creation of new knowledge and the production of new ‘knowledge workers’, and the latter through the provision of opportunities for all to develop, contribute to and benefit from the greater wealth. For others, however, the role of higher education is seen to lie more in the reproduction of existing social inequalities.

Citation

Brennan, J. (2007), "On Researching Ourselves: The Difficult Case of Autonomy in Researching Higher Education", Kayrooz, C., Åkerlind, G.S. and Tight, M. (Ed.) Autonomy in Social Science Research (International Perspectives on Higher Education Research, Vol. 4), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 167-181. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1479-3628(06)04008-1

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