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 10:29:06 PM

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