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ERIC Number: EJ856821
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3108
Institutional Research and the Student Learning Experience: Some Reflections on the Work of the Higher Education Academy
Hammond, Nick
Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, v13 n3 p80-83 Jul 2009
Institutional research (IR) has a variety of definitions. International societies, such as the US-based Association for Institutional Research (AIR), stress not so much the topics of research, but the outcomes: "improved understanding, planning, management, and operation of postsecondary educational institutions and agencies"; "promote the development of institutional management, planning and policy implementation." There is also a strong focus on applying research and engagement with practitioners: "strengthen the interaction between researchers, policy-makers and practitioners"; "encourage the development and application of appropriate methodologies and techniques from many disciplines to further such research, analysis, and planning." This paper proposes a broad framework for conceptualising research into the student learning experience (SLE). From this framework the author derives a taxonomy for forms of enquiry into the SLE, a taxonomy that has been used to help guide the Higher Education Academy in its funding for small projects investigating aspects of the SLE. The conceptual framework also provides a perspective on the nature and variety of Institutional Research (IR). (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom