Dr Jan McArthur


Research Overview

My research interests span two themes: education and social justice, and the nature of higher education. I am interested in inter-relationships between education and society, and between theory and practice. I have explored different interpretations of critical pedagogy, and particularly the ways in which conceptualisations of knowledge impact upon social justice. Much of my work is informed by critical theory, and I have a special interest in the work of Theodor Adorno. My recent work has looked at the nature of assessment and feedback the role of failure in learning including the relationship between conceptions of failure and social justice. My forthcoming book Assessment for Social Justice explores the potential to further social justice within and through HE assessment and draws on the critical theory of Axel Honneth

Assessment for Social Justice: Perspectives and Practices within Higher Education
McArthur, J.M. expected in 2018 London : Bloomsbury Academic. 240 p. Electronic ISBN: 9781474236072.

Assessment for social justice: the role of assessment in achieving social justice
McArthur, J. 09/2016 In: Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. 41, 7, p. 967-981. 15 p.
Journal article

Student and teacher co-navigation of a course: following the natural lines of academic enquiry
Huxham, M., Hunter, M., McIntyre, A., Shilland, R., McArthur, J. 27/04/2015 In: Teaching in Higher Education. 20, 5, p. 530-541. 12 p.
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Reflective teaching in higher education
Ashwin, P., Boud, D., Coate, K., Hallett, F., Keane, E., Krause, K., Leibowitz, B., MacLaren, I., McArthur, J., McCune, V., Tooher, M. 26/02/2015 London : Bloomsbury Academic. 416 p. ISBN: 9781441197559.

Triple nexus: improving STEM teaching through a research-public engagement-teaching nexus
Stevenson, E., McArthur, J. 3/01/2015 In: International Journal for Academic Development.
Journal article

Advances and innovations in university assessment and feedback
Kreber, C., Anderson, C., Entwistle, N., McArthur, J. 2014 Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press. 288 p. ISBN: 9780748694549.

The learning-feedback-assessment triumvirate: reconsidering failure in pursuit of social justice
McArthur, J. 2014 In: Advances and innovations in university assessment and feedback. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press ISBN: 9780748694549.

Feedback unbound: from master to usher
McArthur, J., Huxham, M. 2013 In: Reconceptualising feedback in higher education. London : Routledge
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

No longer exempt from good practice: using exemplars to close the feedback gap for exams
Scoles, J., Huxham, M., McArthur, J. 2013 In: Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. 38, 6, p. 631-645. 15 p.
Journal article

Rethinking knowledge within higher education: Adorno and social justice
McArthur, J. 2013 London : Bloomsbury Academic. 186 p. ISBN: 9781441197535.

Against standardised experience: leaving our marks on the palimpsests of disciplinary knowledge
McArthur, J. 2012 In: Teaching in Higher Education. 17, 4, p. 485-496. 12 p.
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Virtuous mess and wicked clarity: struggle in higher education research
McArthur, J. 2012 In: Higher Education Research and Development. 31, 3, p. 419-430. 12 p.
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Exile, sanctuary and diaspora: mediations between higher education and society
McArthur, J. 2011 In: Teaching in Higher Education. 16, 5, p. 579-589. 11 p.
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Reconsidering the economic and social purposes of higher education
McArthur, J. 2011 In: Higher Education Research and Development. 30, 6, p. 737-749. 13 p.
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Sharing control: a partnership approach to course design and delivery
McArthur, J., Huxham, M. 2011
Other contribution

Tipping out the Boot Grit: the use of on-going feedback devices to enhance feedback dialogue
McArthur, J., Huxham, M., Hounsell, J., Warsop, C. 2011
Other contribution

Time to look anew: critical pedagogy and disciplines within higher education
McArthur, J. 05/2010 In: Studies in Higher Education. 35, 3, p. 301-315. 15 p.
Journal article

Achieving social justice within and through higher education: the challenge for critical pedagogy
McArthur, J. 2010 In: Teaching in Higher Education. 15, 5, p. 493-504. 12 p.
Journal article

Diverse student voices in disciplinary discourses
McArthur, J. 2009 In: The university and its disciplines. New York : Routledge
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Guiding students into a discipline: the significance of the teacher
Northedge, A., McArthur, J. 2009 In: The university and its disciplines. New York : Routledge
Chapter (peer-reviewed)