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Shuqin Xu – Higher Education Research and Development, 2024
University students' collaborative learning, particularly groupwork, has been more often investigated in Western settings than in countries that have borrowed this Western pedagogy. This qualitative study re-examines Chinese university students' groupwork responses regarding their expectations, attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors. Their…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Higher Education, Barriers, Foreign Countries
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Velda McCune; Jenny Scoles; Sharon Boyd; Andy Cross; Pete Higgins; Rebekah Tauritz – Higher Education Research and Development, 2024
Policy makers increasingly call on higher education to prepare learners for challenges such as global health emergencies or ecological crises. These can be understood as 'wicked problems', which are unbounded, complex and resist simplistic definition. Wicked problems involve stakeholders with incompatible value positions and attempted solutions…
Descriptors: Professional Identity, College Faculty, Undergraduate Study, Humanities
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Evelyn Muthama; Sioux McKenna – Higher Education Research and Development, 2024
Universities attend to multiple demands, making it challenging to identify their particular academic project, which can be defined as how the university understands its key purposes and develops its organisation and activities in service of such. While the three pillars of higher education -- teaching, research, and service -- are cited as being…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Public Service, College Faculty, Foreign Countries
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Cameron Meiklejohn; Stewart Riddle; Andrew Hickey – Higher Education Research and Development, 2024
This paper reflects on the recounts of a group of 'old boys' about their transition from elite schools to university. Analysis of semi-structured interview data reveals that this transition was not always straightforward. Although educational background has traditionally determined access to, and progress through, university, this paper details…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Males, Undergraduate Study, College Choice
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Cecilia Almlöv; Ann Grubbström – Higher Education Research and Development, 2024
There is a widespread interest in doctoral supervision, yet novice doctoral co-supervisors' experiences remain understudied. The aim of this qualitative study is to explore how supervision culture and practice are experienced by novices. This thematic analysis is based on focus groups and in-depth interviews with 23 novice co-supervisors from two…
Descriptors: Doctoral Students, Supervision, Novices, Hidden Curriculum
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Tracy Fortune; Jeanette Fyffe; Sarah Barradell – Higher Education Research and Development, 2024
This paper focuses on the experiences of four facilitators of a group mentoring programme for doctoral students aspiring to become academics. The methodology utilised collective sensemaking in a collaborative autoethnography. Aided by agreed reflective prompts, we initially analysed our own and each other's written accounts. This illuminated the…
Descriptors: Doctoral Students, Mentors, Group Experience, Autobiographies
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L. McKendrick-Calder; J. Choate – Higher Education Research and Development, 2024
Globally, there is an increasing prevalence of higher education students with mental health issues. Educators are guaranteed contact points, and students often seek their support to manage their mental wellness. However, there is limited research describing educators' experiences of these interactions. This interpretive phenomenological study…
Descriptors: College Students, Mental Health, College Faculty, Student Needs
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Jendayi B. Dillard; Katherine Sadek; Katherine Muenks – Higher Education Research and Development, 2024
Graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) play a significant role in higher education and in the education of undergraduate students. Previous research suggests that undergraduate students perceive GTAs differently than faculty instructors, but little has been done to explore the nature of those perceptions. This exploratory study uses…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Teaching Assistants, Graduate Students
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Eve Klein; Jack Walton – Higher Education Research and Development, 2024
The strengthening employability paradigm within higher education has led to a situation where the practical value of liberal arts programmes is contested. While the potential for such programmes to develop valuable generic skills is recognised, critiques of liberal arts programmes centre around their loose structure and lack of clear alignment…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Job Skills, Liberal Arts
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Xueying Gao; Yuting Chen; Laurie O. Campbell – Higher Education Research and Development, 2024
Previous studies have examined bullying behaviors in K-12 education and workplaces, yet there are few attempts to explore academic bullying experiences in higher education. In this study, a survey named "Graduate Assistant and Faculty/Supervisor's Professional Relationship" was developed and validated through measuring United States…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants, Bullying, Measures (Individuals)
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Kari Kleine; Elena Pessot – Higher Education Research and Development, 2024
The use of virtual labs in higher education is gaining growing interest, with different debates in the literature about their role in addressing learning outcomes and balancing hands-on activities. This study seeks to understand how labs can be virtualised and thus structured to contribute to engineering education, by adopting an innovative…
Descriptors: Virtual Classrooms, Laboratories, Engineering Education, Outcomes of Education
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Manhong Lai; Lan Shi; Iatfei Lam – Higher Education Research and Development, 2024
In recent years, the Chinese government has launched several policies to facilitate universities to develop performance measures closely related to national university rankings and resources allocation. Directed by these performance measures, academics employ various strategies to deal with the increasing requirements and pressure. Using a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Government School Relationship
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Louise Gazeley; Tamsin Hinton-Smith – Higher Education Research and Development, 2024
This paper draws on research conducted in four publicly funded secondary schools in the South-East of England that explored the higher education decision-making of prospective first-generation university entrants accessing school-based widening participation interventions. It begins by introducing an "ecology of intersecting influences"…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, College Freshmen, Student Diversity, Access to Education
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Wendy Larcombe; Tracii Ryan; Chi Baik – Higher Education Research and Development, 2024
Because international students encounter unique stressors in addition to those experienced by all higher education students they are often assumed to be at heightened risk for experiencing mental health difficulties. However, empirical studies have consistently found that international students report comparable or lower rates of depression and…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, College Students, Control Groups, Resilience (Psychology)
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Franziska Trede; Mais Fatayer; Suman Laudari – Higher Education Research and Development, 2024
This paper reports on the perceptions of university teachers of two consecutive disruptions: moving to a new learning management system that was immediately followed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this research was to understand the role of planned and unplanned disruptions in facilitating or hindering the transformation of teaching…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, College Faculty, Learning Management Systems, COVID-19
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