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International Research Conference, Lancaster UK, 20 - 22nd July 2010
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'Think Pieces'

Each of the Keynote Speakers at the HECU5 conference has provided a 'think piece', which is intended to act as the starting point for a conversation about research into higher education. Participants are invited to continue this conversation by submitting a proposal to present a paper or a symposium at the conference.

The four think pieces are:

Unreflective Practice? Case Study and the Problem of Theoretical Inference by Martyn Hammersley

Researching Absences and Silences in Higher Education by Louise Morley
Higher Education Studies as a field: are we there yet? by Suellen Shay

Wicked Issues in Situating Theory in Close Up Research by Paul Trowler

In very different ways, each of these think pieces addresses the conference’s theme of Questioning Theory-Method Relations in Higher Education Research. The differences in the focus and concerns of the four think pieces are intended to offer conference participants a number of different angles from which to think about the conference theme. In responding to one or more of the think pieces in their proposals, participants might choose to build on the work in the think piece, to contest or challenge the ideas or assumptions they contain, or to show how these issues have arisen in their own research. In building the conference around a common theme and the four think pieces the intention is to encourage the development of in-depth collective conversations over the three days of the conference.


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