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ERIC Number: EJ842101
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0952-8733
Reconnecting the Research-Policy-Practice Nexus in Higher Education: "Evidence-Based Policy" in Practice in National and International Contexts
Locke, William
Higher Education Policy, v22 n2 p119-140 Jun 2009
It is often claimed that research on higher education has had little or no impact on HE policy-making, which is regarded as being largely driven by political ideology and the media and reinforced by little more than management consultancy. Recent higher education policy, it has been argued, is "a research-free zone" or at best "policy based evidence". Yet, "evidence-based policy" remains a key term in government rhetoric, and education ministries and higher education policy bodies continue to commission research of various kinds. This paper argues that dichotomous approaches to the research-policy-practice nexus may have adopted an unnecessarily restrictive conception of "research" and an idealized view of policy-making and implementation as a rational and linear process. It argues that new approaches to building relations between the three domains are needed if the various communities are to develop a forward-looking perspective on the needs for research on higher education in the next 10-20 years.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom