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Professor Malcolm Tight

Professor Malcolm Tight

Professor

County South
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YL


Tel: +44 1524 594239

Affiliations

Educational Research

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

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

Career Details

Career details

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.

 

 

Current Teaching

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.

Additional Information

Current Research

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.

In Press

Case Study Research: small-scale research with meaning

Tight, M. expected in 2015 London: Sage.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2012

Higher education research 2000-2010: changing journal publication patterns

Tight, M. 2012 In: Higher Education Research and Development. 31, 5, p. 723-740 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Researching higher education

Tight, M. 2012 2nd ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press. 278 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2011

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

The golden age of academe: myth or memory?

Tight, M. 2010 In: British Journal of Educational Studies. 58, 1, p. 105-116 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2009

The Routledge International Handbook of Higher Education

Tight, M., Mok, K. H., Huisman, J. & Morphew, C. 2009 London and New York: Routledge.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2008

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Higher education research: a citation analysis.

Tight, M. 2008 In: Higher Education Review -London-. 38, 2, p. 42-59 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Autonomy, acquiescence or anomie? Reflections on a constructed research career.

Tight, M. 2007 Autonomy in social science research: the view from United Kingdom and Australian universities. Kayrooz, C., Åkerlind, G. S. & Tight, M. (eds.). 4 ed. Oxford: Elsevier, p. 149-165 17 p. (International perspectives on higher education research)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

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. (International perspectives on higher education research)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Review and conclusions.

Tight, M. 2007 Autonomy in social science research: the view from United Kingdom and Australian universities.. 4 ed. Oxford: Elsevier, p. 219-227 9 p. (International perspectives on higher education research)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Autonomy in social science research.

Tight, M. 2007 Autonomy in social science research: the view from United Kingdom and Australian universities. Tight, M., Kayrooz, C. & Åkerlind, G. (eds.). 4 ed. Oxford: Elsevier, p. 3-27 25 p. (International perspectives on higher education research)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

How to research.

Tight, M., Blaxter, L. & Hughes, C. 2006 Milton Keynes: Open University Press. 287 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Higher education post-war: a novel history.

Tight, M. 2006 In: Higher Education Review -London-. 39, 1, p. 17-33 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

Higher Education Research: an atheoretical community of practice?

Tight, M. P. 1/11/2004 In: Higher Education Research and Development. 23, 4, p. 395-411 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The Routledge Falmer reader in higher education.

Tight, M. 2004 London: Routledge Falmer. 318 p. (Readers in education)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Higher education as a field of research.

Tight, M. 2004 The Routledge Falmer reader in higher education.. Tight, M. (ed.). London: Routledge Falmer, p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2003

The Organisation of Academic Knowledge: a comparative perspective.

Tight, M. P. 1/12/2003 In: Higher Education. 46, 4, p. 389-410 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Researching Higher Education.

Tight, M. P. 2003 Maidenhead: Open University Press. 257 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

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