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Title: Academic identities : voices from the edge
Author: Feather, Denis
ISNI:       0000 0004 2685 9948
Awarding Body: University of Huddersfield
Current Institution: University of Huddersfield
Date of Award: 2009
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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
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: LB2300 Higher Education ; L Education (General)