The Journal of Higher Education

The Journal of Higher Education
Volume 75, Number 1, January/February 2004
Special Issue: Questions of Research and Methodology

CONTENTS

    Eisenmann, Linda, 1952-
  • Integrating Disciplinary Perspectives into Higher Education Research: The Example of History
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    Subject Headings:
    • Education, Higher -- Research -- United States.
    • Education, Higher -- United States -- Historiography.
    • Universities and colleges -- United States -- Historiography.
    Abstract:
      This article explores how higher education research has been built through methodological and epistemological contributions of the disciplines, including history. It also examines how discipline-based scholars might use higher education to explore important questions in their fields, noting how work on access, mobility, financing, curriculum, and policy-making, for example, has benefitted through cross-disciplinary scholarship. Recognizing the potential resistance within the disciplines, the author encourages the consideration of contemporary educational puzzles when forming their research agendas.
    Shumar, Wesley.
  • Making Strangers at Home: Anthropologists Studying Higher Education
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    Subject Headings:
    • Educational anthropology -- Methodology.
    • Anthropology -- Philosophy.
    Abstract:
      Reviewing some of the major developments in cultural anthropology over the last thirty years, this article discusses the implications of these developments for the study of higher education. The article argues that one of the most fruitful directions in anthropological work comes from the efforts to combine neo-Marxist theory with forms of poststructuralism so that the relationship between history, political economy, signification and forms of subjectivity can be explored.
    Kezar, Adrianna J.
  • Wrestling with Philosophy: Improving Scholarship in Higher Education
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    Subject Headings:
    • Education, Higher -- Research -- Philosophy.
    • Education, Higher -- Research -- Methodology.
    • Philosophy and social sciences.
    Abstract:
      This article explores whether the scholarship in the field of higher education suffers because of limited exposure to and engagement with the philosophical debates and assumptions that shape and frame thinking in the social sciences. It offers a series of examples that have emerged through the teaching of qualitative research, reviewing scholarship as an editor, and working with students on dissertations.
    Shaw, Kathleen M.
  • Using Feminist Critical Policy Analysis in the Realm of Higher Education: The Case of Welfare Reform as Gendered Educational Policy
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    Subject Headings:
    • Education, Higher -- Research -- Methodology.
    • Education and state -- United States.
    • Welfare recipients -- Education (Higher) -- United States.
    • United States. Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996.
    Abstract:
      Policy analysis is often silent on the issue of gender, and as a result either ignores or misrepresents the ways in which women's lives are affected by policy. This article utilizes feminist critical policy analysis to challenge the positivist, gender neutral assumptions on which most policy analysis rests. It provides an overview of feminist critical policy analysis and its benefits as an analytic tool. Using welfare reform as an example of gendered educational policy, I illustrate how feminist critical policy analysis can be used to challenge the gender-neutral assumptions.
    Talburt, Susan.
  • Ethnographic Responsibility Without the "Real"
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    Subject Headings:
    • Education, Higher -- Research -- Philosophy.
    • Education, Higher -- Research -- Methodology.
    • Qualitative research -- Philosophy.
    Abstract:
      This essay considers the uses of ethnographic and qualitative inquiry in higher educational research as they are limited by commitments to verifying data and representing the "real" and argues for broader understandings of such research. I examine limitations of and new possibilities for common elements of creating a "real" and elaborate on the role of speculative research that opens new paths for thought by acknowledging uncertainty and venturing multiple interpretations.
    Bensimon, Estela Mara.
    Polkinghorne, Donald, 1936-
    Bauman, Georgia.
    Vallejo, Edlyn.
  • Doing Research that Makes a Difference
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    Subject Headings:
    • Education, Higher -- Research -- Methodology.
    • Action research in education.
    • Educational equalization -- California.
    Abstract:
      This paper describes the "practitioner-as-researcher" model of research, an alternative methodology that is intended to bring about institutional change. We developed this approach through the Diversity Scorecard project in which we work with teams of practitioners to examine institutional data disaggregated by ethnicity in order to identify inequities in educational outcomes. The practitioners, themselves, conduct the research on their own campuses to discover areas of inequities. This, in turn, impacts their practices and motivation to bring about systemic institutional change.

Review Essay

    Dilley, Patrick.
  • Interviews and the Philosophy of Qualitative Research
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    Subject Headings:
    • Seidman, Irving, 1937- Interviewing as qualitative research: a guide for researchers in education and the social sciences.
    • Kvale, Steinar, 1938- Interviews: an introduction to qualitative research interviewing.
    • Rubin, Herbert J. Qualitative interviewing: the art of hearing data.
    • Rubin, Irene.
    • Interviewing.
    • Interviewing in sociology.



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