In most people's perception of higher education one particular social role and actor stand out as central — that of the academic practitioner. The last decades the social and occupational role, the academic institutions and organisational structures within which they teach and do research as well as the policies that aim to guide the work processes in which they are engaged, have been in profound transition.
In the world of research on higher education Mary Henkel has staked out a particular claim that during later years has transformed her already established position as a leading higher education scholar into one that makes her contribution unique. While most higher education researchers have analysed changes from a policy or an organisational top down perspective, Mary Henkel has developed her original analysis of academic identity in a way that lets us see these changes from a bottom up perspective from the point of view of the individual practitioner. In this book a group of leading higher education scholars has come together to analyse andreflect upon the contemporary situation of the academic practitioner.
KeywordsHigh Education High Education System Academic Work High Education Policy Academic Profession
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