Monday, August 30, 2010

Society for Research into Higher Education

Society for Research into Higher Education
Annual Research Conference

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?’; Exploring Meaning, Identities and Transformation in Higher Education

The 2010 SRHE Annual Research Conference will be held on 14, 15 and 16 December 2010 and, by popular demand, is returning to the Celtic Manor Resort near Newport in South Wales. Celtic Manor, set in 1400 acres of parkland in the stunning Welsh USK Valley, is one of the finest conference venues in Europe offering state of the art conference facilities, accommodation for all conference delegates and extensive and exclusive spaces for delegates to network.

Higher education is undergoing a series of changes in its identities, purposes and roles in society. What are the emerging new roles of the university in a global context? How are academics, professionals, managers and students changing in the shift from elite to mass participation? What is the significance of the current mélange of changes and continuities in higher education? We will explore these ideas broadly within the conference, encompassing current debates regarding policy, globalization, economic challenges, governance, leadership and management, pedagogic and learning development, quality and space management, the student experience, e-learning and marketisation.

With over 300 submissions, this major international conference is set to be another outstanding event. The conference will afford access to, and participation in, a range of high-quality presentations, discussion workshops and symposia. We also have an exciting range of international keynote speakers:

Dr Amanda Goodall - Marketing and Strategic Management Group, Warwick Business School, UK She has a book on the topic, ‘Socrates in the Boardroom: Why Research Universities Should be Led by Top Scholars’ (Princeton University Press). During the first half of 2008 Amanda was a Research Fellow at Cornell University, and she spent the latter part of the year as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Zurich. She gained her PhD in 2007 at Warwick Business School.

Dr Nicholas Maxwell - Emeritus Reader, University College London (UCL), UK. Nicholas is a philosopher who has devoted much of his working life to arguing that there is an urgent need to bring about a revolution in academia so that it seeks and promotes wisdom and does not just acquire knowledge. In 2003 he founded Friends of Wisdom, an international group of people sympathetic to the idea that academic inquiry should help humanity acquire more wisdom by rational means.

Professor Etienne Wenger - a globally recognized thought leader in the field of communities of practice and their application to organizations and an independent researcher, consultant, author, speaker and Hon in full Professor, University of Aalborg, Denmark. He has authored and co-authored seminal articles and books on the topic, including Situated Learning, where the term “community of practice” was coined; Communities of Practice: learning, meaning, and identity, where he lays out a theory of learning based on the concept.

Postgraduate and Newer Researchers Conference, 13/14 December 2010

Transforming Identities in Globalised Higher Education? Newer Researchers' Perspectives

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207 447 252

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