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Academic Identities: Voices from the Edge

Feather, Denis (2009) Academic Identities: Voices from the Edge. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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    This thesis presents the perspectives of lecturers delivering Higher
    Education Business Courses (HEBCs) in Further Education Colleges (FECs)
    within the Yorkshire and Humber region of the North of England during the
    period 2005-2007. In particular, it focuses on issues of academic identity
    for those teaching HEBCs in FECs. The study is based on data amassed via
    a questionnaire survey; a series of in-depth semi-structured interviews
    conducted with 26 lecturers, from focus group evidence, from an
    autobiographical experience of teaching HEBCs in an FEC, and is informed
    by a critical engagement with the literature. The thesis provides a brief
    historical overview of both higher and further education from its
    qualitative ethnographic derived account of lecturers’ narratives, whilst
    exploring concepts related to academic identity, professionalism,
    scholarship, institutional cultures and ethos, different resources, and
    changing identities. The study reveals role conflicts, anxieties, career
    crises, and individual dissatisfactions that are sharply out of kilter with
    official discourses. It suggests that many of those teaching HEBCs in FECs
    share concerns about their ability to deliver high quality education in the
    context of what they generally experience as a marginalised, and
    relatively materially deprived domain of learning, which is undermined by
    associated policy and institutional framework

    Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
    Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
    L Education > L Education (General)
    Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
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    Depositing User: Sara Taylor
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2009 10:28
    Last Modified: 19 Apr 2012 10:02


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