Journal of Higher Education

A journal covering higher education issues in management and teaching for the academic audience.

Articles from Vol. 75, No. 1, January-February

Doing Research That Makes a Difference
Over the past several years, the chasms between research and practice as well as research and policy have been the topic of commentaries (Keller, 1985; Layzell, 1990) of several addresses given by presidents of the Association for the Study of Higher...
Ethnographic Responsibility without the "Real"
Over a decade ago, Harry Wolcott (1990) wrote about qualitative researchers' preoccupation with persuading readers of the veracity of a study's description and interpretation as distracting researchers from the more important task of communicating...
Integrating Disciplinary Perspectives into Higher Education Research; the Example of History
Few would deny that higher education has matured as a field of study: dozens of higher education graduate programs now thrive, scholarly organizations and journals abound with enthusiastic contributors, and new scholars consider themselves higher education...
Interviews and the Philosophy of Qualitative Research
Interviews and the Philosophy of Qualitative Research Interviewing as Qualitative Research: A Guide for Researchers in Education and the Social Sciences, by Irving Seidman (2nd ed.). New York: Teachers College Press, 1998. InterViews: An Introduction...
Making Strangers at Home: Anthropologists Studying Higher Education
Introduction This article seeks to isolate one major strand of work in American cultural anthropology together with its implications for the study of higher education. While the number of anthropologists who do research on higher education is fairly...
Questions of Research and Methodology
Introduction Over the past three decades, researchers' approaches to studying higher education and the questions they explore have changed markedly. In the 1960s and 1970s, the field was dominated by quantitative approaches (Keller, 1998), particularly...
Using Feminist Critical Policy Analysis in the Realm of Higher Education; the Case of Welfare Reform as Gendered Educational Policy
Policy analysis is never value-neutral. However, it is often silent on the issue of gender. As a result, traditional policy analysis results in "partial and perverse understandings" of the ways in which women's lives are affected by policy (Harding,...
Wrestling with Philosophy: Improving Scholarship in Higher Education
Knowing is inevitably practical; it changes the known. Sartre In the last several decades, one of the methodological issues facing the social sciences has been the re-emergence of philosophy. As the social sciences absorbed the assumptions of...