Professor Malcolm TightProfessor
I previously worked at the University of Warwick, the Open University and Birkbeck College London.
I am Editor of the leading international journal Studies in Higher Education, and of the book series International Perspectives on Higher Education Research, and also on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Education and Work and Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning.
I have a broad range of research interests in the fields of higher and post-compulsory education. Over the years, these have included research into:
- changing patterns of academic work
- the nature of the academic experience
- the development of higher education research
- the history and meaning of higher education
- alternative modes of study
- the postgraduate and research experience
- mature and 'non-traditional' students
- comparative studies
- patterns of participation
- the role of learning in adult life
I direct the Doctoral Programme, which offers a route to a PhD for professionals working in higher and further education. I also teach on masters and undergraduate programmes.
Currently, there are two main research projects on which I am working, one concerning the nature of research into higher education, the other the post-war history of higher education in the United Kingdom.
The Nature of Research into Higher Education
For the last decade I have been undertaking a mapping of higher education research, with the aim of better understanding what has been studied and what needs to be studied more.
The initial part of this project focused on books in print (284 in total) and specialist academic journals (406 journal articles) published during the year 2000 outside of North America. The analysis focused on the themes and issues researched, the methods and methodologies employed, the levels at which the research was focused, and the characteristics of the authors. The results were published in my 2003 book, Researching Higher Education (Maidenhead, Open University Press).
Since then, I have extended this analysis to consider also the degree of theoretical engagement present in published research on higher education, citation patterns and North American publications. You will find several recent articles that have come out of this research in my publications list. I have also used the framework developed to produce two readers.
I am currently replicating the 2000 study for 2010, seeking to identify contemporary trends in higher education research and publication.
The Development of Higher Education in the United Kingdom since 1945
The major part of this project was recently published in book form. However, so much data was collected and generated, that I am continuing to work on it and publish supplementary analyses in article form.
PhD Supervision Interests
Changing patterns of academic work; The nature of the academic experience; The history and meaning of higher education; Alternative modes of study; The postgraduate and research student experience; Mature and 'non-traditional' students; Comparative studies; Patterns of participation; The role of learning in adult life
Tracking the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Tight, M.P. 2018 In: Policy Reviews in Higher Education. 2, 1, p. 61-78. 18 p.
Higher Education Journals: their characteristics and contribution
Tight, M.P. 16/10/2017 In: Higher Education Research and Development. 13 p.
Understanding case study research: small-scale research with meaning
Tight, M. 9/02/2017 London : Sage. 224 p. ISBN: 9781446273920.
Phenomenography: the development and application of an innovative research design in higher education research
Tight, M.P. 2016 In: International Journal of Social Research Methodology. 19, 3, p. 319-338. 20 p.
Theory development and application in higher education research: tribes and territories
Tight, M.P. 09/2015 In: Higher Education Policy. 28, 3, p. 277-293. 17 p.
Theory development and application in higher education research: the case of academic drift
Tight, M.P. 2015 In: Journal of Educational Administration and History . 47, 1, p. 84-99. 16 p.
Higher education research 2000-2010: changing journal publication patterns
Tight, M. 9/10/2012 In: Higher Education Research and Development. 31, 5, p. 723-740. 18 p.
Researching higher education
Tight, M. 2012 2nd ed. Maidenhead : Open University Press. 278 p. ISBN: 9780335241835.
Student accommodation in higher education in the United Kingdom: changing post-war attitudes
Tight, M. 2011 In: Oxford Review of Education. 37, 1, p. 109-122. 14 p.
Are Academic Workloads increasing? The post-war survey evidence in the UK
Tight, M. 04/2010 In: Higher Education Quarterly. 64, 2, p. 200-215. 16 p.
The golden age of academe: myth or memory?
Tight, M. 2010 In: British Journal of Educational Studies. 58, 1, p. 105-116. 12 p.
The Routledge International Handbook of Higher Education
Tight, M., Mok, K.H., Huisman, J., Morphew, C. 2009 London and New York : Routledge. ISBN: 9780415432641.
Higher education research as tribe, territory and/or community: a co-citation analysis
Tight, M. 05/2008 In: Higher Education. 55, 5, p. 593-608. 16 p.
Higher education research : a citation analysis.
Tight, M. 2008 In: Higher Education Review -London-. 38, 2, p. 42-59. 18 p.
Bridging the Divide: a comparative analysis of articles in higher education journals published inside and outside North America.
Tight, M.P. 1/02/2007 In: Higher Education. 53, 2, p. 235-253. 19 p.
Autonomy in social science research.
Tight, M. 2007 In: Autonomy in social science research: the view from United Kingdom and Australian universities. Oxford : Elsevier p. 3-27. 25 p. ISBN: 9780762314058 (hbk.).
Autonomy in social science research: the view from United Kingdom and Australian universities.
Tight, M., Kayrooz, C., Åkerlind, G.S. 2007 Oxford : Elsevier. 230 p. ISBN: 9780762314058 (hbk.).
Autonomy, acquiescence or anomie? Reflections on a constructed research career.
Tight, M. 2007 In: Autonomy in social science research: the view from United Kingdom and Australian universities. Oxford : Elsevier p. 149-165. 17 p. ISBN: 9780762314058 (hbk.).
Review and conclusions.
Tight, M. 2007 In: Autonomy in social science research: the view from United Kingdom and Australian universities.. Oxford : Elsevier p. 219-227. 9 p. ISBN: 9780762314058 (hbk.).
Changing Understandings of 'Public' and 'Private' in Higher Education: the United Kingdom Case
Tight, M. 07/2006 In: Higher Education Quarterly. 60, 3, p. 242-256. 15 p.
Higher education post-war : a novel history.
Tight, M. 2006 In: Higher Education Review -London-. 39, 1, p. 17-33. 17 p.
How to research.
Tight, M., Blaxter, L., Hughes, C. 2006 Milton Keynes : Open University Press. 287 p. ISBN: 9780335217472 (hbk.).
Higher Education Research: an a-theoretical community of practice?
Tight, M.P. 1/11/2004 In: Higher Education Research and Development. 23, 4, p. 395-411. 17 p.
Higher education as a field of research.
Tight, M. 2004 In: The Routledge Falmer reader in higher education.. London : Routledge Falmer p. 1-14. 14 p. ISBN: 0415327644 0415327652 (pbk.).
The Routledge Falmer reader in higher education.
Tight, M. 2004 London : Routledge Falmer. 318 p. ISBN: 0415327644 0415327652 (pbk.).
The Organisation of Academic Knowledge: a comparative perspective.
Tight, M.P. 1/12/2003 In: Higher Education. 46, 4, p. 389-410. 22 p.
Researching Higher Education.
Tight, M.P. 2003 Maidenhead : Open University Press. 257 p. ISBN: 0335211186.
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