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Making Space for Theological Research in the New Environment of Australian Higher Education

Reid, Duncan (2006) Making Space for Theological Research in the New Environment of Australian Higher Education. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 28 (2). pp. 121-131. ISSN 0260-2938

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The paper examines two 2005 Australian government issues papers on higher education and research policy, indicating areas both of concern and opportunity for Australian higher education providers in theology and their research efforts. The paper then offers suggestions as to how providers of theological education might position themselves as research institutions in the emerging higher education environment in Australia at the time, and how educational policymakers might regard research in the theological sector of Australian higher education. The paper is thus directed, within the emerging research environment, to two groups of readers: those concerned with the administration of theological institutions, and those whose responsibility is to draft policy with regard to research funding. Strategic planning in educational management is, in the main, the art of observing the policy environment and positioning an institution to take fullest advantage of that environment. This paper was circulated initially within the Melbourne College of Divinity as a discussion paper with this aim, within the policy framework that had emerged under the leadership of Dr Brendan Nelson as federal Minister for Education, Science and Training (2001- 2006). Despite some concomitant risks, this was a time of unprecedented change, with opportunities for relatively small institutions to establish themselves with active research programs.

This is an electronic version of an article published in the Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management © 2006 Copyright Taylor & Francis;
Higher Education Policy and Management is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13600800600750939

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Proofs
Keywords: Education, management, policy, research.
Fields of Research: 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subjects: D - Education Studies
College/Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
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Depositing User: Rev Dr Duncan Reid
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2013 23:03
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2013 23:03
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1311

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