Responding to university policies and initiatives

the role of reflexivity in the mid-career academic

Angela Brew*, David Boud, Lisa Lucas, Karin Crawford

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    How do academics make sense of university policies and strategic initiatives and act on them? Interviews were conducted with 27 mid-career academics in different disciplines, different research-intensive university environments and two countries (England and Australia). Data were analysed iteratively utilising a critical realist perspective, specifically, Archer’s modes of reflexivity. The paper argues that individuals’ responses to university policies and initiatives, to changes in policy and policy conflicts, can at least partially be understood through interrogating the modes of reflexivity they employ.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)378-389
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Higher Education Policy and Management
    Issue number4
    Early online date18 May 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • Academic careers
    • academic work
    • institutional change
    • quality assurance
    • university strategy

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