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Critical discourse analysis and higher education research

Critical discourse analysis and higher education research

Smith, Karen (2013) Critical discourse analysis and higher education research. In: Tight, Malcolm and Huisman, Jeroen, (eds.) Theory and Method in Higher Education Research. International Perspectives on Higher Education Research Series (9). Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, UK, pp. 61-79. ISBN 9781781906828 (doi:

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This chapter explores the use of critical discourse analysis (CDA) within higher education research. CDA is an approach to studying language and its relation to power, ideology and inequality. Within CDA, texts are not analysed in isolation, but as part of the institutional and discoursal practices in which they are embedded. Within the broad field of educational research, CDA has been increasingly used to explore the relationship between language and society; higher education research appears to be experiencing a similar turn to CDA. The chapter begins with an overview of CDA, outlining its origins, and discussing its position
as both a theory and a method. A review of CDA-related higher education research follows. The review aims to show the scope and potential of CDA in the study of higher education. The chapter closes with recommendations for future work to develop and extend the use of CDA within higher education research.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: [1] ISBN: 978-1-78190-682-8 eISBN: 978-1-78190-683-5
Uncontrolled Keywords: critical discourse analysis, higher education research
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Educational Development Unit
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