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Constructing Future Visions about Higher Education with Participatory Methods

Theory and Method in Higher Education Research

ISBN: 978-1-78635-895-0, eISBN: 978-1-78635-894-3

Publication date: 22 October 2016

Abstract

The chapter aims to reflectively discuss a participatory research project concerning the future of higher education in Hungary. This project can be understood as an ongoing methodological experiment which attempts to engage teachers and students, in order to reveal how key stakeholders think about the future of higher education. In line with this, this methodologically oriented chapter shows how different participatory methodologies can be combined in a so-called backcasting framework. This approach starts by describing the present situation, then moves beyond the present conditions so as to identify the cornerstones of an ideal future state. On the one hand, the chapter gives a detailed introduction to how our participatory research process was set up and what particular methodologies we used during this process. On the other hand, it critically reflects on the methodological and ethical challenges involved.

Citation

Király, G., Géring, Z., Köves, A., Csillag, S. and Kováts, G. (2016), "Constructing Future Visions about Higher Education with Participatory Methods", Theory and Method in Higher Education Research (Theory and Method in Higher Education Research, Vol. 2), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 95-114. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2056-375220160000002005

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