Professor Murray Saunders

Professor

Research Interests

Co Director of HERE@lancaster , and Professor of Evaluation in Education and Work. I have acted as a consultant to, and undertaken a wide range of evaluation projects for, the British Council, DfES [Department for Education and Skills], DFID [Department for International Development], UN, UNRWA, ESRC [The Education and Social Research Council], HEFCE [Higher Education Funding Council], SFC (the Scottish Funding Council) and a variety of regional agencies. I have carried out evaluation and research projects in a wide range of cultural contexts, including in Asia: China, Japan, Singapore and India; in Africa: Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Ethiopia; in Latin America: Mexico and Chile: In the Middle East: Jordan as well as other member states of the EU and Russia.

I enjoy promoting and developing evaluation practice as past president and Council member of the UK Evaluation Society, Board member and past President of the European Evaluation Society, chair of the co-ordinating committee for the establishment of the IOCE (International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation) and current vice president [ and I am associate editor of the only international multidisciplinary academic journal in the field - Evaluation]. I was Co-Director of the SFC [Scottish Funding Council] funded evaluation of the new Scottish HE Quality Enhancement Policy which finished in December 2010. I continue to have research interests in the nature of evaluative practices, the relationship between education and the workplace and the connection between social change and development and evaluative practice.

Selective acquiescence, creative commitment and strategic conformity: situated national policy responses to the Bologna agreement
Sin, C., Saunders, M. 12/2014 In: European Journal of Education. 4, 4, p. 529-542. 14 p.
Journal article

The role of HEFCE in teaching and learning enhancement: a review of evaluative evidence
Trowler, P., Ashwin, P., Saunders, M. 17/07/2014
Other contribution

Developmental evaluation: lessons for evaluative practice from the SEARCH programme
Dickson, R., Saunders, M. 04/2014 In: Evaluation: the International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice,. 20, 2, p. 176-194. 19 p.
Journal article

Quality enhancement: an overview of lessons from the Scottish experience
Saunders, M. 20/01/2014 In: Quality assurance in higher education, contemporary debates . Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 117-131. 15 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Blended simulation based medical education: a complex learning/training opportunity
Shahoumian, A., Saunders, M., Zenios, M., Parchoma, G., Hanson, J. 2014 In: Learning and collaboration technologies. Springer p. 478-485. 8 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Middle managers’ experience of policy implementation and mediation in the context of the Scottish quality enhancement framework
Saunders, M., Sin, C. 2014 In: Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. 40, 1, p. 135-150. 16 p.
Journal article

EvalPartners: an international partnership to strengthen civil society’s evaluation capacities and promote equity
Catsambas, T., Segone, M., De Silva, S., Saunders, M. 01/2013 In: Evaluation and Civil Society . New York : UNICEF EWP Series p. 43-51. 8 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Interdisciplinary SBME: a case study in development of B-SBME
Shahoumian, A., Parchoma, G., Saunders, M., Hanson, J., Dickinson, M., Pimblett, M. 2013
Abstract

Mediating the use of global university rankings: perspectives from education facilitators in an international context
Saunders, M., O'Connell, C. 2013 In: Journal of Studies in International Education. 23 p.
Journal article

SBME: Exploring boundaries between formal, non-formal, and informal learning
Shahoumian, A., Parchoma, G., Saunders, M., Hanson, J., Dickinson, M., Pimblett, M. 2013
Abstract

Social practices in Blended-SBME: work in progress
Shahoumian, A., Saunders, M., Parchoma, G., Hanson, J., Dickinson, M., Pimblett, M. 2013
Abstract

The use and usability of evaluation outputs: a social practice approach
Saunders, M. 9/10/2012 In: Evaluation: the International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice,. 18, 4, p. 421-436. 16 p.
Journal article

A political economy of university funding: the English case
Saunders, M. 08/2012 In: Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. 34, 4, p. 389-398. 10 p.
Journal article

Conclusion: academic practices and the disciplines in the 21st century
Trowler, P., Saunders, M., Bamber, V. 12/01/2012 In: Tribes and territories in the 21st-century. London : Routledge p. 5-29. 25 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Transformations from without and within the disciplines: the emerging practice landscape
Saunders, M. 01/2012 In: Tribes and territories in the 21st Century . London : Routledge p. 232-241. 10 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Tribes and Territories in the 21st Century: Rethinking the significance of disciplines in higher education
Trowler, P., Saunders, M., Bamber, V. 01/2012 London : Routledge / Open University. 312 p. ISBN: 978-0-415-88062-6.
Book

Capturing effects of interventions, policies and programmes in the European context: A social pracice perspective
Saunders, M. 01/2011 In: Evaluation: the International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice,. 17, 1, p. 89-103. 15 p.
Journal article

Experimentation and development through the CETL programme: connections between education, learning and working
Saunders, M. 2011 In: Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning. 1, 3, p. 290-296. 7 p.
Journal article

Insights into programmatic evaluative practice in HE: a commentary
Saunders, M. 2011 In: Reconceptualising evaluation in higher education. Maidenhead : Open University Press p. 113-124. 12 p. ISBN: 9780335241613 . Electronic ISBN: 9780335241620 .
Chapter

Programmatic evaluative practice in Higher Education: design diversity and degrees of programme alignment
Saunders, M. 2011 In: Reconceptualising evaluation in higher education. Maidenhead : Open University Press p. 77-82. 6 p. ISBN: 9780335241613 . Electronic ISBN: 9780335241620 .
Chapter

Reconceptualising evaluation in higher education: the practice turn
Saunders, M., Trowler, P., Bamber, V. 2011 Maidenhead : Open University Press / SRHE. 247 p. ISBN: 9780335241613. Electronic ISBN: 9780335241620 .
Book

Setting the scene : the four domains of evaluative practice in Higher Education
Saunders, M. 2011 In: Reconceptualising Evaluation in Higher Education: the practice turn . Maidenhead : McGraw-Hill / Open University Press p. 1-17. 17 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The national programme of Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETLs) in England and Northern Ireland: a theory driven evaluation of change
Saunders, M. 2011 In: Reconceptualising evaluation in higher education. Maidenhead : Open University Press p. 83-89. 7 p. ISBN: 9780335241613 . Electronic ISBN: 9780335241620 .
Chapter

The practice turn: reconceptualising evaluation in higher education
Saunders, M., Trowler, P., Bamber, V. 2011 In: Reconceptualising evaluation in higher education. Maidenhead : Open University Press p. 203-226. 14 p. ISBN: 9780335241613 . Electronic ISBN: 9780335241620 .
Chapter

Enhancement Theories Theme 1: Influencing the Disciplines.
Trowler, P., Saunders, M., Bamber, V. 2009 In: Enhancing learning, teaching, assessment and curriculum in higher education : theory, cases, practices. Maidenhead : Society for Research into Higher Education & Open University Press 205 p. ISBN: 0335233759.
Chapter

Enhancing learning, teaching, assessment and curriculum in higher education: theory, cases, practices
Bamber, V., Trowler, P., Saunders, M. 2009 Maidenhead : Open University Press / SRHE. 210 p. ISBN: 9780335233762.
Book

Introduction - Continuities, Enhancement and Higher Education.
Bamber, V., Trowler, P., Saunders, M., Knight, P. 2009 In: Enhancing learning, teaching, assessment and curriculum in higher education : theory, cases, practices. Maidenhead : Society for Research into Higher Education & Open University Press 205 p. ISBN: 0335233759.
Chapter

Making Practical Sense of Enhancing Learning, Teaching, Assessment and Curriculum References.
Saunders, M., Bamber, V., Trowler, P. 2009 In: Enhancing learning, teaching, assessment and curriculum in higher education : theory, cases, practices. Maidenhead : Society for Research into Higher Education & Open University Press 205 p. ISBN: 0335233759.
Chapter

2005-2010 Centres of Excellence in Teaching and Learning programme
Saunders, M., Trowler, P., Ashwin, P. 2008 Bristol : HEFCE. 127 p.
Book

The 'presence' of evaluation theory and practice in educational and social development: toward an inclusive approach.
Saunders, M.S. 1/07/2006 In: London Review of Education. 4, 2, p. 197-215. 19 p.
Journal article

From 'organisms' to 'boundaries': the uneven development of theory narratives in education, learning and work connections.
Saunders, M.S. 1/02/2006 In: Journal of Education and Work. 19, 1, p. 1-27. 27 p.
Journal article

Do we hear the voices?: the 'presence' of evaluation theory and practice in social development
Saunders, M. 2006 In: Evaluation: the International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice,. 12, 2, p. 251-264. 14 p.
Journal article

Using evaluation to create 'provisional stabilities': bridging innovation in Higher Education change processes.
Saunders, M.S., Bonamy, J., Charlier, B. 1/01/2005 In: Evaluation: the International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice,. 11, 1, p. 37-54. 18 p.
Journal article

The evaluative research of complex projects in e-learning: the case of the 'EQUEL' (e-quality in e-learning) project
Bonamy, J., Charlier, B., Saunders, M. 2004 In: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Networked Learning. p. 733-745. 13 p.
Paper

Apprivoiser l'innovation.
Charlier, B., Bonamy, J., Saunders, M. 2002 In: Apprendre les technologies pour l'education : analyses de cas, theories de reference, guides pour l'action. Brussels : De Boeck p. 45-67. 23 p.
Chapter

Change thinking, change practices : a guide to change for heads of department, subject centres and others who work "middle-out".
Trowler, P.R., Saunders, M., Knight, P.T. 2002 York : LYSN Generic Centre. 40 p. ISBN: 1904190316.
Book

Learning through evaluation : bridging change in higher education.
Saunders, M., Charlier, B., Bonamy, J. 2002 In: Proceedings of the 5th European evaluation society (EES) biennial conference, Sevilla, 10th-12th October 2002.
Chapter

Les dynamiques de l'innovation.
Saunders, M., Charlier, B., Bonamy, J. 2002 In: Apprendre les technologies pour l'education : analyses de cas, theories de reference, guides pour l'action. Brussels : De Boeck p. 68-76. 9 p.
Chapter

Produire la qualite dans la diversitie : comment un reseau de formation construit sa qualite.
Bonamy, J., Charlier, B., Saunders, M. 2002 In: Education Permenente. 147, p. 131-139. 9 p.
Journal article

'Bridging Tools' for change: evaluating a collaborative learning network.
Bonamy, J., Charlier, B., Saunders, M.S. 1/09/2001 In: Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. 17, 3, p. 295-305. 11 p.
Journal article

Understanding emerging trends in higher education curricula and work connection.
Saunders, M., Machell, J. 09/2000 In: Higher Education Policy. 13, 3, p. 287-302. 16 p.
Journal article

Beginning a valuation via RUFDATA : theorising a practical approach to evaluation planning.
Saunders, M. 04/2000 In: Evaluation: the International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice,. 6, 1, p. 7-21. 15 p.
Journal article

Understanding education and work: themes and issues.
Saunders, M.S. 2000 In: Routledge international companion to education. London : Routledge p. 1003-1029. 27 p. ISBN: 041511814X.
Chapter

Understanding Teachers' Professional Cultures Through Interview: A Constructivist Approach
Knight, P.T., Saunders, M.S. 1999 In: Evaluation and Research in Education. 13, 3, p. 144-156. 13 p.
Journal article