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The Change Laboratory in Higher Education: research-intervention using activity theory

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Publication date10/2015
Host publicationTheory and Method in Higher Education Research
EditorsJeroen Huisman, Malcolm Tight
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd
Number of pages28
ISBN (electronic)9781785602863
ISBN (print)9781785602870
<mark>Original language</mark>English

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NameTheory and Method in Higher Education Research
ISSN (Print)2056-3752


In this chapter we discuss the Change Laboratory as an intervention-research methodology in higher education. We trace its theoretical origins in dialectical-materialism and activity theory, consider the recommendations made by its main proponents, and discuss its use in a range of higher education settings. We suggest that the Change Laboratory offers considerable potential for higher education research, though tensions between Change Laboratory design recommendations and typical higher education contexts require consideration.

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Date of Acceptance: 09/05/2015