26 février 2017

Widening participation in higher education: A play in five acts (AUR 59 01)

By Ian Dobson. For at least the last quarter century, policies designed to widen access to and participation in higher education have been largely predicated on notions of proportional representation or ‘changing the balance of the student population to reflect more closely the composition of society as a whole’ (Department of Employment Education and Training, 1990, p. 2). More...

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Students flourish and tutors wither: A study of participant experiences in a first-year online unit (AUR 59 01)

By Ian Dobson. Flexibility is a key word in the contemporary higher education system in Australia. Flexible and diverse entry and exit points, as well as flexible forms of recognising learning, open up the possibility of attaining a university degree for students ‘…hitherto largely excluded from university attendance’ (Birrell & Edwards, 2009, p. 8). More...

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Australian Universities' Review vol 59 no 1

By Ian Dobson. The first issue of Australian Universities' Review for 2017 (vol. 59, no. 1) is now available online. Members who have opted-in will received their paper copy in the post in the coming fortnight. More...

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Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme. Tertiary Tuition and beyond: Transitioning with strengths and promoting opportunities

By Ian Dobson. The Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme-Tertiary Tuition (ITAS-TT) has provided Australian government funding for one-to-one and group tutorial study support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students attending Australian universities since 1989. It has been a central plank supporting Indigenous university students in their studies. More...

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Collaboration in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in Australia (AUR 59 01)

By Ian Dobson. A report into the humanities, arts and social sciences in Australia stated: ‘In an era when collaboration is encouraged by institutions and by funding mechanisms, the pattern of collaboration is becoming an important consideration’ (Turner & Brass, 2014, p. 69). This paper seeks to explore aspects of collaboration in specific humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) fields in order to identify the extent of collaboration, the countries Australian HASS authors are collaborating with, and to test whether collaboration is associated with higher impact as reflected in citations. More...

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Getting cited: A reconsideration of purpose (AUR 59 01)

By Ian Dobson. Michael Calver's recent exhortation 'Please don't aim for a highly cited paper' (AUR, 57(1): pp. 45-49) is welcome and a timely reminder of the problems associated with seeking citations at any cost. While not disagreeing with the concerns he raises we offer another way of looking at citation-seeking; thereby outlining a reconsideration of its purpose. We suggest that citations indirectly help to shape the terrain of a discipline. More...

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Ideology, ‘truth’ and spin: Dialectic relations between the neoliberal think-tank movement and academia in Australia (AUR 59 01)

By Ian Dobson. Some years ago, Pierre Bourdieu (2003, p. 21) reflected that academia, was a failing ‘edifice of critical thought’ and ‘in need of reconstruction’. He saw a global hegemony of neoliberal ideas emerging largely unscathed by critique from these increasingly isolated enclaves. More...

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When rating systems do not rate: Evaluating ERA’s performance (AUR 59 01)

By Ian Dobson. There are standard and well-accepted statistical approaches for addressing these questions. Similar questions arise in educational and psychological testing settings, for example when many students take an exam consisting of many questions, and the examiners wish to know whether any students performed particularly well or poorly, and also whether questions were particularly difficult or easy. More...

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Careers of professional staff in Australian and UK universities: A mixed methods pilot study (AUR 59 01)

By Ian Dobson. Universities, as large businesses in their own right, are required to have effective academic and business management to ensure successful teaching, research and business-related outcomes. With massification and increased regulation there are considerable numbers of non-academic staff working in Australian and UK universities. More...

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Promoting leadership in Australian universities (AUR 59 01)

By Ian Dobson. In the last four decades, the Australian higher education system has undergone considerable change. Fuelled by a confluence of social, economic and demographic pressures, successive governments have introduced educational policies in Australia that have encouraged greater participation rates in post-secondary education and training, including higher education. More...

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