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The Nature of Research: Inquiry in Academic Contexts


reviewed by Maike Philipsen & Jon Wergin — 2003

coverTitle: The Nature of Research: Inquiry in Academic Contexts
Author(s): Angela Brew
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415214076 , Pages: 224, Year: 2001
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The Nature of Research by Australian scholar Angela Brew is a response to what many perceive as a crisis in the academy.  Brew argues that academics have lost control over their research agendas to outside funding agencies, and so need to reclaim their work and devote it to “teaching society how to live.” Doing this will provide universities with a renewed sense of purpose and a powerful justification for being.   The book seeks to “illuminate more fully some of the taken-for-granted aspects of the nature of research” (p. 4), based on a variety of sources, including scholarly literature, the author’s own studies of the ways research is experienced in higher education, and discussions with scholars in various countries. It is organized into two parts, the intellectual and the social contexts of research. Part one (chapters 2 through 7) seeks to untangle what, exactly, research is; how it relates to scholarship; what rules it follows or challenges; how knowledge is produced; and what kinds of questions and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 59-64
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10947, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 8:26:31 PM

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  • Maike Philipsen
    Virginia Commonwealth University
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    MAIKE PHILIPSEN is Associate Professor of Social Foundations of Education in the Division of Educational Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She joined the faculty in 1993 after receiving her Ph.D. in Social Foundations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Masters in Political Science in 1989 from the Free University of Berlin. Her research, publications, and presentations pertain to issues of equity and reform in education (specifically race, social class, gender, and disabilities), school-community collaboration, and service learning. They include the publication of Values-Spoken and Values-Lived (Hampton Press 1999). She is currently engaged in collaboration on a Social Foundations textbook to be published with McGraw Hill.
  • Jon Wergin
    Virginia Commonwealth University
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    JON WERGIN is Professor of Educational Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, a visiting professor with Antioch University's Ph.D. program in leadership and organizational change, and a senior scholar with the American Association for Higher Education. He is past divisional vice president of the American Educational Research Association (Division I, Education in the Professions), and has served as chief evaluator of two national centers for research in higher education. He has consulted with dozens of national associations, accrediting bodies, and colleges and universities, on issues related to evaluation and change in higher education.
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