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Research Focus Area

Higher Education Policy and Institutional Dynamics

Alternatively: Higher Education in Context.
This focus area embraces the broader context in which tertiary engineering and science educators work. This includes engagement with teachers and lecturers in other disciplines within the space of higher learning, matters pertaining to university administration, organisation and management, issues of inter-institutional collaboration or comparison, government policy matters, research into schools, with parents of higher education students or workplace practitioners, as well as the interface with professional bodies. The outward-looking nature of this focus area inherently changes the way in which the research is formulated and disseminated. Since the emphasis is on the societal context in which science and engineering educators work, the research carried out in this area tends to focus on the systemic, organisational and structural dynamics pertaining to higher education.