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Publication date: 12 November 2018

Bruno Broucker, Jeroen Huisman, Jef C. Verhoeven and Kurt De Wit

Higher education systems of small(er) countries may be less attractive to investigate, and it is likely that only a small indigenous research community is interested in…

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Higher education systems of small(er) countries may be less attractive to investigate, and it is likely that only a small indigenous research community is interested in and capable of researching such small systems. In this chapter, we map which studies have been carried out at the meso- and macro-levels of the Flemish higher education system since the early 2000s. It allows us to discover gaps in our understanding of that particular system. We conclude that it would be beneficial for all stakeholders involved (researchers, policymakers, institutional management) to try to align their research and practical interests and develop a research agenda that fits these interests.

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Theory and Method in Higher Education Research
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78769-277-0

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Publication date: 21 August 2017

Bruno Broucker, Kurt De Wit and Jef C. Verhoeven

This chapter discusses the implications of New Public Management (NPM) and of alternative theories on the higher education sector. Three clusters of alternative concepts…

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This chapter discusses the implications of New Public Management (NPM) and of alternative theories on the higher education sector. Three clusters of alternative concepts and theories are identified, positioned in relation to NPM, and discussed. The chapter concludes that the different theoretical approaches: (1) cannot always be distinguished easily, (2) entail a risk of normativity due to the position of higher education in society, and (3) demonstrate that higher education policy and research are in need of a multi-theoretical approach that is able to put higher education back into its social, political, and economic context. By formulating research questions on the role of higher education and on the impact of former reforms, it is suggested that policy and research look further than the current concepts and theoretical approaches to build a new agenda for future.

Book part
Publication date: 12 November 2018

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Theory and Method in Higher Education Research
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78769-277-0

Book part
Publication date: 21 August 2017

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Theory and Method in Higher Education Research
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78743-222-2

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