This article argues in favor of including students in textbook research. As teachers decide which textbooks to use in their classrooms, they are the ones who influence textbook development. The article presents a research review of students' evaluations of textbooks, demonstrating that inviting students into the debate may result in interesting stimuli for improving textbooks. The article also discusses suggestions based on student feedback.
How Do Students Rate Textbooks?
A Review of Research and Ongoing Challenges for Textbook Research and Textbook Production
Petr Knecht and Veronika Najvarová
Aeromobilities of Student Newcomers in Francophone African Fiction
and social sciences in the study of textual and artistic representations of mobility. 12 In line with this goal, I analyze representations of aeromobility in selected Francophone African and Afrodiasporic novels narrating African students’ journeys
Student Mobility and Internationalisation
Rationales, Rhetoric and 'Institutional Isomorphism'
Drawing on interviews with Canadian and Australian officials, this article examines the frame of student mobility within the broad discourse of internationalisation. Difficulties in definition and admitted shortfalls in achieving progress even on the more easily articulated benchmarks of student mobility, do not seem to staunch the enthusiasm of a variety of officials for the idea of internationalisation. This article will examine some of the contradictions framing these institutional discourses of internationalisation. These include the gaps between institutional claims and their substantiation, between lauding the internationalism inculcated by student mobility programmes and the more mixed motivations or engagements of student clients, and between claims for the entrepreneurial potential of internationalisation as against the uncertainty of its outcomes. I argue that a long-standing Western view of travel as a vehicle for self-cultivation and transformation combined with competitive efforts to keep up with perceived trends in the fields of post-secondary education are producing a momentum that is elusive even as it threatens to bulldoze its way across important institutional practices and procedures.
Do we need to reoccupy student engagement policy?
The Zepke-Trowler debate Zepke draws attention to literature that suggests that student engagement is a ‘hot topic’ and a ‘buzz phrase’ in higher education (2014: 697) because it focuses on those aspects of student success and performativity
Higher education in the paradigm of speed
Student perspectives on the risks of fast-track degree completion
Laura Louise Sarauw and Simon Ryberg Madsen
image of the unforeseen and yet underexposed implications of the recent Danish Study Progress Reform (2014) and the economic incentives that were expected to provide a ‘tailwind’ for the process of completing university students’ degrees. According to
Marxist theory in action
Megan Thiele, Yung-Yi Diana Pan, and Devin Molina
broadly but also to understand the current plight of workers in contemporary society. Within the postsecondary classroom many students are preparing themselves for a full-time commitment to the labour market. For this new generation of labourers
Educational Institutions as a Resource for the Urbanization of Indigenous People
The Case of Yakutsk
Vera Kuklina, Sargylana Ignatieva, and Uliana Vinokurova
interviewees were pessimistic about the future of the Sakha language after student initiation rituals began to be conducted in Russian (previously they had been in Sakha). Among the small numbered indigenous peoples of the North, only a handful remain fluent in
Enhancing student engagement through effective ‘customer’ evaluation
Quis custodiet ipsos consumptores?
For many undergraduates, direct practical experience of ‘student engagement’ in higher education, has been, and continues to be, limited. Nielsen (2015: 3–4 ) has drawn attention to the evolution of ideas about engagement from first an
Responding to university reform in South Africa
Student activism at the University of Limpopo
Fifteen years ago South Africa's first democratic government inherited a tertiary sector marred by racial segregation. Since then higher education policies have been implemented with the aim of turning the sector around. Using the historically black University of Limpopo as a case, this article examines the impact of these policies from the perspective of students. It does so by combining a situational analysis of the student protests that erupted in 2007 at the University's main campus with a critical review of the impact that the new policies have had on university funding and autonomy.
Neoliberal student activism in Brazilian higher education
The case of ‘Students For Liberty Brasil’
Evandro Coggo Cristofoletti and Milena Pavan Serafim
, with an empirical focus on student activism. The following questions guided the study: why and how do these think tanks operate in the field of higher education? How do these think tanks mobilise politically undergraduate students towards neoliberal