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Tight, Malcolm – European Journal of Higher Education, 2019
Higher education research, while a specialist and late developing field, has reached a level of maturity such that researchers have recently been endeavouring to summarize and synthesize what has been learnt. This article identifies and analyses many of the systematic reviews and meta-analyses of areas or aspects of higher education research that…
Descriptors: Meta Analysis, Higher Education, Educational Research, Research Needs
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Tight, Malcolm – Higher Education Research and Development, 2018
The study of higher education journals--that is, refereed academic journals wholly focused on higher education--reveals much about the field of higher education research. This analysis identified 86 such journals published in the English language, considering their focus, ownership, location, orientation, age, size and ranking. From this analysis,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Periodicals, Publications, Educational Research
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Tight, Malcolm – European Journal of Higher Education, 2016
The idea of the research/teaching nexus has become of increasing importance in thinking about higher education over the last three decades. In essence, this idea recognizes the two key functions of higher education--teaching and research--and argues that they are, or should be, closely linked. This article explores the derivation and development…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Research, Teaching (Occupation), Foreign Countries
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Tight, Malcolm – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2016
This article considers the application of phenomenography, as arguably the only research design (so far) to have been developed substantially within higher education research by higher education researchers. It considers its origins, meaning and application, and the issues and critiques that it has raised. It concludes that, while phenomenography…
Descriptors: Phenomenology, Higher Education, Research Design, Educational Research
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Tight, Malcolm – Journal of Educational Administration and History, 2015
This article examines the case of academic drift, as an example of a theory developed and applied within higher education research. It traces the origins and meaning of the term, reviews its application by higher education researchers, and discusses the issues it raises and the critiques it has attracted. It concludes that academic drift is at the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Criticism, Guidelines, Educational Research
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Tight, Malcolm – Higher Education Policy, 2015
This paper examines the idea of tribes and territories, as an example of a theory developed and applied within higher education research of relevance to higher education policy. It traces the origins and meaning of the term, reviews its application by higher education researchers and discusses the issues it raises and the critiques it has…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Research, Educational Policy, Criticism
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Tight, Malcolm – European Journal of Higher Education, 2015
This article examines communities of practice as an example of a theory applied within higher education research. It traces its origins and meaning, reviews its application by higher education researchers and discusses the issues it raises and the critiques it has attracted. This article concludes that while, like all theoretical frameworks,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Research, Communities of Practice, Criticism
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Tight, Malcolm – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, 2014
Higher education research is a growing, inter-disciplinary and increasingly international field of study. This article examines the citation patterns of articles published in six leading higher education journals--three published in the United States and three published elsewhere in the world--for what they reveal about the development of this…
Descriptors: Citation Analysis, Educational Research, Higher Education, International Studies
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Tight, Malcolm – Tertiary Education and Management, 2014
Collegiality and managerialism are often portrayed as opposed ideas or practices, with the latter, in particular, either held up as a necessary response to the massification of higher education or portrayed as a betrayal of long-held academic ideals (as supposedly reflected in collegiality). This article explores how collegiality and managerialism…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Collegiality, Educational Administration
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Tight, Malcolm – Research Papers in Education, 2014
Higher education research is, by its nature, rather an introspective field of study. It is also highly dispersed within and beyond the academy: inherently, therefore, it is a multidisciplinary field of study. An analysis of 567 articles published in 15 leading higher education journals in 2010 demonstrates both the breadth of interest in higher…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Educational Research, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Tight, Malcolm – Higher Education Policy, 2013
The metaphor of the student as a consumer or customer is widely used within contemporary higher education, and impacts on the ways in which students, academics and institutions behave. These, and a number of alternative metaphors for the student, are critically reviewed. The alternatives considered include both contemporary (student as client or…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Students, Figurative Language, Student Role
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Tight, Malcolm – Higher Education Research and Development, 2012
The articles published in 15 specialist academic journals--based in Australasia, Europe and North America--focusing on higher education in the years 2010 (n = 567) and 2000 (n = 388) are analysed. The analysis focuses on: the themes and issues addressed in the articles published, the methods and methodologies used, theoretical engagement, the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Periodicals, Educational Research
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Tight, Malcolm – Tertiary Education and Management, 2012
This article examines the levels of analysis adopted in higher education research, using a database of 567 articles published in 15 leading higher education journals internationally during 2010. Level of analysis is a relatively overlooked issue in this field of research, when compared with methodology, theory and/or topic--to which it is, of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Research, Journal Articles, Content Analysis
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Tight, Malcolm – British Journal of Educational Studies, 2012
Widening participation--though it has only recently been labelled as such--has been a continuing concern for policy makers and higher education institutions in the United Kingdom since 1945 (and before). This article reviews the evidence for four key target groups--women, lower socio-economic groups, mature adults and ethnic minorities--to produce…
Descriptors: Females, Evidence, Foreign Countries, Participation
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Tight, Malcolm – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, 2011
While the first of the questions posed in the title of this article may seem to involve a simple matter of enumeration, it is more complex than that, as the number of institutions in the United Kingdom that perform at least some of the functions of a university has grown significantly in recent years. The answer given (for the end of the year…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Higher Education, Educational History
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