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Utility as a first principle for education research : reworking autonomy in Australian higher education

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posted on 2008-01-01, 00:00 authored by Trevor Gale, J Wright
The focus of this paper is on the community impact of education research, as conceived specifically within a changing context of research assessment in Australia, first mooted by the previous Federal Coalition (conservative) Government within a new Research Quality Framework (RQF), and now to be reworked by the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiated by the incoming Federal Labour (progressive) Government. Convinced that a penchant for the utility of research will not go away, irrespective of the political orientations of government, our interest is in exploring: the assumption that research, particularly in areas such as education, should have an impact in the community (as this was first defined within the RQF); the difficulties much education research (despite its “applied” characterisation) has in complying with this ideal; and what a community impact requirement means for the kinds of education research that will be privileged in the future. In particular, we are concerned about the potential narrowing of education research directed at or by community impact and what is lost in the process. One potential loss or weakening is in the positional autonomy of higher education to conduct independent education research.

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Journal

ACCESS : critical perspectives on communication, cultural and policy studies

Volume

27

Issue

1-2

Pagination

115 - 129

Publisher

RMIT University, School of Art

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

ISSN

0111-8889

Language

eng

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Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2008, RMIT University, School of Art

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