The significance of the field of practice ‘Learning Development’ in UK higher education

Researcher: John Hilsdon

Institution: University of Plymouth

Research Year: 2020

Project aims:

My thesis analyses Learning Development (LD) as a field of practice designed to support students’ learning, and explores what LD can tell us about certain aspects of higher education in the UK. Theoretical work deriving from Foucault underpins the research. The empirical data is constructed from interviews, observation and reflexive autoethnographic sources, and the analytical thrust employs sociolinguistic tools from critical discourse analysis. The result is a case study of identity, offering unique insights into the field of LD itself and, through the ‘lens’ of LD, an original focus upon the production of relationships and their effects, as policies are enacted, within HE in the UK in the early 21st century.

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