Responding to university policies and initiatives: The role of reflexivity in the mid-career academic

Angela Brew, David Boud, Lisa Lucas, Karin Crawford

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Abstract

How do academics make sense of university policies and strategic initiatives and act on them? Interviews were conducted with 27 mid-career academics in different disciplines, different research-intensive university environments and two countries (England and Australia). Data were analysed iteratively utilising a critical realist perspective, specifically, Archer’s modes of reflexivity. The paper argues that individuals’ responses to university policies and initiatives, to changes in policy and policy conflicts can at least partially be understood through interrogating the modes of reflexivity they employ.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-389
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Higher Education Policy and Management
Volume39
Issue number4
Early online date18 May 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2017

Keywords

  • Academic careers
  • academic work
  • Institutional change
  • quality assurance
  • university strategy

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