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Critical discourse analysis and higher education research

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheory and Method in Higher Education Research
EditorsMalcolm Tight, Jeroen Huisman
Place of PublicationBingley
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78190-683-5
ISBN (Print)9781781906828
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameInternational Perspectives on Higher Education Research


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

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