Key Thinkers in Higher Education Teaching and Learning Research and Development

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Enhancing Higher Education, Theory and Scholarship, Proceedings of the 30th HERDSA Annual Conference [CD-ROM], 2007, pp. 1 - 7
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Each discipline has a unique combination of theoretical frameworks that frame the key intellectual traditions of the field. Unlike other discipline areas, the higher education community has only just begun to explore the question of which intellectual traditions make significant contributions to a field and who are the key thinkers in higher education teaching and learning. Instead the key theoretical positions of higher education are more likely to be based on thinkers in allied disciplines like psychology, sociology and cultural studies. This paper begins the process of identifying the key ideas in higher education teaching and learning by reviewing the concepts of the eight most commonly cited scholars in the journal Higher Education Research and Development. It analyses the attraction of these ideas to their authors and presents the key arguments used to support an understanding of higher education teaching and learning.
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