Our approach and principles
Dialogue between research and practice (praxis) and critical reflection
CEEHE brings together research, evaluation, theory and practice in continual conversation because one of our guiding principles is that equity practice should be informed by research, and equity research should be informed by practice. CEEHE fosters this dialogue by drawing on the notion of ‘praxis’, an approach that brings theory and practice together in cycles of reflection-action and action-reflection. The dialogic relationship between critical reflection and critical action is reflected in the collaborative and participatory ways of working that CEEHE encourages. A process of ongoing exchange helps sensitise participants to the multiple layers, contexts and challenges that characterise the field of equity in higher education. These methods help us to question and disrupt entrenched and historical inequalities that are often sustained by taken-for-granted assumptions.
Through the distinctive Praxis-based framework, CEEHE provides spaces for critical reflection (reflexivity) to generate the highest quality research-informed equity practices and in doing so to create sustainable equity frameworks.
Pedagogical Methodologies, developed by Professor Penny Jane Burke (see the Right to Higher Education 2012), provide a process of ongoing exchange that helps engage participants with the multiple layers, contexts and challenges that characterise the field of equity in higher education. These methods are informed by theoretically grounded research and help us to question and disrupt entrenched and historical inequalities that are often sustained by taken-for-granted assumptions.
The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education's (CEEHE) research spans across recurring conceptual themes of space & time; relationality & connection; capabilities & capacities; belonging, recognition & identities; and the politics of knowing and knowledge. These are underpinned by theories and conceptualisations of power.
The principles that guide the work of CEEHE include:
- Dialogic and research-informed approaches
- Participatory methodologies and approaches
- Redistribution of pedagogical opportunities, resources and materials
- Parity of participation and representation
- Recognition of and respect for difference
- Inclusion and reciprocity
- Critical reflection (reflexivity)
- Education for social justice and global well-being