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In this book, an international group of leading higher education researchers draw on a wealth of social theory and comparative, empirical research to analyse current developments and their implications. Different contributions focus on different levels of higher education, the system, the institution and the academic practitioner, in different national and international contexts. However, strong common themes bind these contributions together. They include not only the significance of massification, globalisation, neo-liberalism and managerialism for the governance of higher education, its knowledge and values, but also the complexities of change processes, the importance of context and history and the strength of the stabilities that remain.
The inspiration for this work comes from the career and personal influence of an individual scholar, Maurice Kogan. A central feature of his work has been empirically grounded analysis of interconnections between knowledge, values, authority and power and how these are reflected in institutional structures and individual practices. As a historian as well as a political scientist, he has always insisted on locating contemporary developments in a longer term perspective.
This volume is for researchers in higher education studies, students in postgraduate courses in higher education policy and management, higher education policy makers in national and international organisations, higher education institutional leaders, senior academics, managers and administrators.
Professor Teboho Moja, New York University, USA:
"It will be an invaluable resource inter alia for higher education students, scholars, and institutional leadership."
"The book could provide a major contribution to the field of higher education because of the different perspective different authors present and an array of issues as well as frameworks to discuss them."
"This book is bound for the desktops instead of the bookshelves of administrators, researchers, and graduate students. It is likely to be used time and again as readers explore new ways to transform education systems or institutions, meet their needs for program improvement, policy development, and general research. I expect that most readers will weave through the chapters (...) on an as-needed basis, until they have engaged all its excellent content."
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Europe - Festschrift - Governance - Professor - education - education policy - educational research - higher education - university
List of Contributors. Foreword. Introduction. Distinctive Local Continuities Amidst Similar Neo-liberal Changes: The Comparative Importance of the Particular. Part 1: Governance: Higher Education in Times of Discontent? About Trust, Authority, Price and Some Other Unholy Trinities. Reform and Transformation following Regime Change. Change or Continuity in Higher Education Governance? Lessons Drawn from Twenty Years of National Reforms in European Countries. The Governance and Management of Student Learning in Universities. Part 2: Knowledge: New Patterns of Diversity in Higher Education: Towards a Convergent Knowledge. The Organisation of Knowledge Imperatives for Continuity and Change in Higher Education. The Endurance of the Disciplines. Academic Identity and Autonomy Revisited. Part 3: Values: Academics and the Mode-2 Society Shifts in Knowledge Production in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Academic Leadership and Emerging Knowledge Regimes. The Black Box Revisited. The Relevance of Theory-driven Research in the Field of Higher Education Studies. Higher Education and the Transformation to a Cognitive Capitalism. Annex: Maurice Kogan – Main Publications. Subject Index. Author Index.