SpringerBriefs in Education

The Sudoku Effect: Universities in the Vicious Circle of Bureaucracy

Authors: Kühl, Stefan

  • Presents a critical evaluation of the introduction of ECTS credit points
  • Shows how a seemingly small change can lead to a ‘vicious circle of bureaucracy’
  • Explores how increasing bureaucratic rules necessarily lead to transgressions in practice
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This book shows that the introduction of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) of credit points as a new accounting unit at universities has led to increased bureaucracy and the schoolmaster-style regimentation of Bachelor’s and Master’s courses. It explains how, due to the pressure of having to plan every single working hour of studying in advance, a ‘Sudoku Effect’ is created by the necessity to combine courses, exams and modules in such a way that the points ‘add up’. An unintentional side effect of the introduction of the ECTS, the Sudoku Effect has led to more classroom style teaching, an inflation of exams and fewer choices available to students. It has resulted in such complex and contradictory guidelines for the planning of the curriculum that the values attributed to the higher education reform can often only be realised if the rules for Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes are ignored, or at least stretched, in practice. The book describes how the reaction to this situation is the continuous further refinement of the complicated rules rather than their abolishment.

About the authors

Stefan Kühl is a professor of sociology at Bielefeld University in Germany and works as a management consultant for businesses, administrations, ministries and government development organisations.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Higher Education Reform and the Resultant Increased Complexity: An Introduction

    Kühl, Stefan

    Pages 1-9

  • Small Points, Great Effects: On the Introduction of a New Artificial Currency

    Kühl, Stefan

    Pages 11-25

  • The Sudoku Effect: On Degree Arithmetic

    Kühl, Stefan

    Pages 27-38

  • Unwilling Recipients of Spoon-Feeding—The Unwanted Side Effects of University Reform

    Kühl, Stefan

    Pages 39-49

  • Escape into Control Deviation

    Kühl, Stefan

    Pages 51-62

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-04087-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-04086-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Sudoku Effect: Universities in the Vicious Circle of Bureaucracy
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Education
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-04087-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-04087-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-04086-8
Series ISSN
2211-1921
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 92
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