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Professor Paul Ashwin

Professor Paul Ashwin

Head of Department, Professor

County South
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YL


Tel: +44 1524 594443

Affiliations

Educational Research
Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation

My research interests are focused on the relations between teaching-learning and knowledge-curriculum practices in higher education. I am also interested in the relations between these practices and higher education policies as well as the relations between theories and methods in research into higher education. The kinds of questions that I explore in this research include:  What counts as high quality teaching and learning in higher education? How is this positioned in policies and practices? How do we research and theorise these competing notions of quality?

PhD Supervision Interests

I am interested in receiving PhD proposals in most areas related to knowledge, curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment in higher education, particularly those relating to students' and academics' experiences of higher education.

Profile

Before coming to Lancaster, I spent four years researching students' experiences of learning at the Institute for the Advancement of University Learning, University of Oxford and, before that, seven years implementing and researching peer learning at Newham College of Further Education.

Research Interests

My research interests are focused on teaching, learning, and assessment in higher education. My recent book 'Analysing Teaching-Learning Interactions in Higher Education' focuses on ways of conceptualising teaching-learning processes in higher education that support a consideration of both structure and agency. Following on from the work in this book, I am examining the relations between theory and method in research into higher education. I have recently completed an Economic and Social Research Council funded project looking at pedagogic quality and inequality in undergraduate Sociology degrees. This project focused on comparing the quality of teaching, learning and curricula in undergraduate sociology and allied subjects in four universities that have different reputations for the quality of the undergraduate experience that they offer. The study aimed to question the assumptions underlying these reputations through an in-depth exploration of the relations between what students bring to university, their experiences of university education and what they gain it. We investigated what is taught, why and how; and how undergraduate students' and lecturers' experience and evaluate the curriculum and the teaching and learning environment.

I am a member of the Governing Council of the Society for Research in Higher Education. I am a member of the Economic and Social Research Council's Peer Review College.

Current Teaching

I currently convene and teach the 'Researching Learning, Teaching and Assessment' module on the Doctoral Programme in Educational Research.

Selected Publications

How do students’ accounts of sociology change over the course of their undergraduate degrees?

Ashwin, P., Abbas, A. & McLean, M. 02/2014 In: Higher Education. 67, 2, p. 219-234 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Evoked prior experiences in first year university student learning

Ashwin, P. & Trigwell, K. 1/08/2012 In: Higher Education Research and Development. 31, 4, p. 449-463 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

How often are theories developed through empirical research into higher education?

Ashwin, P. 12/2012 In: Studies in Higher Education. 37, 8, p. 941-955 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Analysing teaching-learning interactions in higher education: accounting for structure and agency.

Ashwin, P. 02/2009 London: Continuum. 174 p. (Continnum, Studies in Education)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Accounting for structure and agency in close-up research on teaching, learning and assessment in higher education.

Ashwin, P. 2008 In: International Journal of Educational Research. 47, 3, p. 151-158 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Variation in academics' accounts of tutorials.

Ashwin, P. 2006 In: Studies in Higher Education. 31, 6, p. 651-665 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2014

Researcher creations?: the positioning of policy texts in higher education research

Ashwin, P. & Smith, K. 2014 In: Higher Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The role of HEFCE in teaching and learning enhancement: a review of evaluative evidence

Trowler, P., Ashwin, P. & Saunders, M. 17/07/2014 The Higher Education Academy

Research output: Other contribution

Knowledge, curriculum and student understanding in higher education

Ashwin, P. 02/2014 In: Higher Education. 67, 2, p. 123-126 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Knowledge, curriculum and student understanding in higher education

Ashwin, P. (ed.) 02/2014 In: Higher Education. 67, 2, p. 123-134 112 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Representations of a high-quality system of undergraduate education in English higher education policy documents

Ashwin, P., Abbas, A. & McLean, M. 2014 In: Studies in Higher Education. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

How do students’ accounts of sociology change over the course of their undergraduate degrees?

Ashwin, P., Abbas, A. & McLean, M. 02/2014 In: Higher Education. 67, 2, p. 219-234 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2013

Qualitative Life-grids: a proposed method for comparative European educational research

Abbas, A., Ashwin, P. & McLean, M. 2013 In: European Educational Research Journal. 12, 3, p. 320-329 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

A Bernsteinian view of learning and teaching undergraduate sociology-based social science

Mclean, M., Abbas, A. & Ashwin, P. 1/06/2013 In: Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences. 5, 2, p. 32-44 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

University knowledge, human development and pedagogic rights

McLean, M., Abbas, A. & Ashwin, P. 2013 Human development and capabilities: re-imagining the university of the twenty-first century. Boni, A. & Walker, M. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 30-43 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

The use and value of Bernstein’s work in studying (in)equalities in undergraduate social science education

McLean, M., Abbas, A. & Ashwin, P. 2013 In: British Journal of Sociology of Education. 34, 2, p. 262-280 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Evoked prior learning experience and approach to learning as predictors of academic achievement

Trigwell, K., Ashwin, P. & Millan, E. 09/2013 In: British Journal of Educational Psychology. 83, 3, p. 363-378 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

Neoliberal policy, quality and inequality in undergraduate degrees

Abbas, A., Ashwin, P. & McLean, M. 2012 Organising Neoliberalism: Markets, Privatisation and Justice. Whitehead, P. & Crawshaw, P. (eds.). London: Anthem, p. 179-199 21 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Quality and Inequality in Undergraduate Courses A guide for national and institutional policy makers: A guide for national and institutional policy makers

Ashwin, P., Abbas, A. & McLean, M. 05/2012 Nottingham: University of Nottingham. 10 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsOther report

Questioning theory–method relations in higher education research: editorial

Ashwin, P. & Case, J. 06/2012 In: Higher Education Research and Development. 31, 3, p. 271-272 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

The pedagogic device: Sociology, knowledge practices and teaching-learning processes

Ashwin, P., Abbass, A. & McLean, M. 2012 Tribes and Territories in the 21st-Century: Rethinking the significance of disciplines in higher education.. Trowler, P., Saunders, M. & Bamber, V. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Questioning theory–method relations in higher education research: a special issue

Ashwin, P. (ed.) & Case, J. (ed.) 2012 In: Higher Education Research and Development. 31, 3, p. 271-433 163 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Evoked prior experiences in first year university student learning

Ashwin, P. & Trigwell, K. 1/08/2012 In: Higher Education Research and Development. 31, 4, p. 449-463 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

How often are theories developed through empirical research into higher education?

Ashwin, P. 12/2012 In: Studies in Higher Education. 37, 8, p. 941-955 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

Questioning the relations between biography, theory and power in biographical teaching methods: a dialogue

Wright, H. & Ashwin, P. 2011 In: Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences. 3, 3, p. 1-22 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2009

A critical engagement with research into higher education: a special issue

Shay, S. (ed.), Ashwin, P. (ed.) & Case, J. (ed.) 2009 In: Studies in Higher Education. 34, 4, p. 373-481 109 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

A critical engagement with research into higher education

Shay, S., Ashwin, P. & Case, J. 06/2009 In: Studies in Higher Education. 34, 4, p. 373-375 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Conceptualising teaching and learning interactions in researching higher education.

Ashwin, P. 2009 The Routledge International Handbook of Higher Education. Tight, M., Mok, K. H., Huisman, J. & Morphew, C. (eds.). New York and London: Routledge, p. 37-46 10 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Analysing teaching-learning interactions in higher education: accounting for structure and agency.

Ashwin, P. 02/2009 London: Continuum. 174 p. (Continnum, Studies in Education)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2008

2005-2010 Centres of Excellence in Teaching and Learning programme

Saunders, M., Trowler, P. & Ashwin, P. 2008 Bristol: HEFCE. 127 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Accounting for structure and agency in close-up research on teaching, learning and assessment in higher education.

Ashwin, P. 2008 In: International Journal of Educational Research. 47, 3, p. 151-158 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

Changing higher education: the development of learning and teaching

Ashwin, P. 2006 London: Routledge. 152 p. (Staff and educational development series)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Interpreting the developments: possible futures for learning and teaching in higher education.

Ashwin, P. 2006 Changing higher education: the development of learning and teaching.. Ashwin, P. (ed.). London: Routledge, p. 127-134 8 p. (Staff and educational development series)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The development of learning and teaching in higher education: the changing context.

Ashwin, P. 2006 Changing higher education: the development of learning and teaching.. Ashwin, P. (ed.). London: Routledge, p. 3-15 13 p. (Staff and educational development series)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

An exploratory study of situated conceptions of learning and learning environments.

Trigwell, K. & Ashwin, P. W. H. 1/03/2006 In: Higher Education. 51, 2, p. 243-258 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Variation in academics' accounts of tutorials.

Ashwin, P. 2006 In: Studies in Higher Education. 31, 6, p. 651-665 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

How approaches to teaching are affected by discipline and teaching context

Lindblom-Ylanne, S., Trigwell, K., Nevgi, A. & Ashwin, P. 06/2006 In: Studies in Higher Education. 31, 3, p. 285-298 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2005

Towards a reconciliation of the 'approaches to learning' and 'critical pedagogy' perspectives in higher education through a focus on academic engagement.

Ashwin, P. & McLean, M. 2005 Improving student learning: diversity and inclusivity. Rust, C. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, Vol. 12, p. 377-389 13 p. (Improving Student Learning)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Variation in students' experiences of the Oxford tutorial.

Ashwin, P. 11/2005 In: Higher Education. 50, 4, p. 631-644 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

Students' learning motivation and their approaches to learning.

Trigwell, K. & Ashwin, P. 2004 Improving student learning.. Rust, C. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford Brookes University, p. 52-65 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Investigating educational development.

Ashwin, P. & Trigwell, K. 2004 Enhancing staff and educational development.. Khan, P. & Baume, D. (eds.). London: Kogan Page, p. 117-131 15 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Variation in tutors' experiences of small group tutorials.

Ashwin, P. 2004 Improving student learning.. Rust, C. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford Brookes University, p. 80-89 10 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2003

Peer facilitation and how it contributes to the development

Ashwin, P. 1/03/2003 In: Research in Post-Compulsory Education. 8, 1, p. 5-18 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Peer Support: relations between the context, process and outcomes for the students who are supported.

Ashwin, P. 2003 In: Instructional Science. 31, 3, p. 159-173 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2002

Implementing peer learning across organisations: the development of a model

Ashwin, P. 1/12/2002 In: Mentoring and Tutoring. 10, 3, p. 221-231 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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