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Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)

Academic Practice Network

Problematising the relations between students’ pasts, presents and futures in higher education

SRHE 44 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4LL

22 September 2010 1pm – 4pm

‘Using Habermas to evaluate pedagogic justice’: Dr Monica McLean, Reader in Higher Education, School of Education, University of Nottingham  — Drawing on Jurgen Habermas’ critical theory, Monica will present a conceptualisation of university pedagogy, which constructs students as future citizens and emphasises the development of ‘communicative reason’ as a goal of university teaching .   She will then discuss whether such a conceptualization has any resonance with student perceptions of teaching and learning in university sociology departments, which are the focus of an ESRC-funded project ‘Quality and Inequality in university undergraduate degrees’.

‘Conceptualising the first year student experience: the dominance of the ‘transitions’ metaphor’: Dr Paul Ashwin, Lecturer in Post-compulsory Education, Lancaster University — In this seminar, Paul will argue that the literature on the first year experience in higher education has tended to conceptualise the first year experience in terms of the transition to higher education. Whilst this conceptualisation has obvious strengths, he argues that it tends to separate students’ experiences within higher education from their experiences prior to higher education. He will show how the choice of lens that it used to characterise particular educational processes can have significant implications for the outcomes of research and the focus of recommendations for policy and practice that are made on the basis of this research.

Network Convenors: Prof. Paul Blackmore (KCL) and Prof. Joëlle Fanghanel (Thames Valley University)

22nd September 2010

Network Events are free to SRHE members as part of their membership package.

There is delegate fee for non-members is £25, and £20 for students


Email:  Tel: 020 7447 2525 Fax: 020 7447 2526 Website:

Nicola Manches

Administrative Assistant

Society for Research into Higher Education

44 Bedford Row

London WC1R 4LL

Tel:  +44 (0) 20 7447 2525

Fax: +44 (0) 20 7447 2526

SRHE Annual Research Conference 2010

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