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Master learning: a way to manage tertiary education in small island jurisdictions

Abstract

As a consequence of globalisation, there is now a general trend among hesitant small island jurisdictions to focus on educational planning in the tertiary sector. The question therefore is how smart solutions adapted to the specific contexts can be developed. This article argues for the need to innovate the societal role of the smaller state university with a focus upon planning and learning. The idea of master learning is presented as an important organising and learning framework for developing a flexible and rational alternative social science master in smaller educational environments.

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    We should also mention the Universities of Bristol, Prince Edward Island and the Hong Kong, which all have a focus on small states, including education in small (often island) states.

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    Tacit knowledge is knowledge that cannot be fully verbalised precisely because it is not based upon facts and rules, but rather on intuition (Flyvbjerg 2009, p. 28 ff). Non-personal knowledge is for instance embedded in the practices of an institution, its tools and organisation, but at the same time it represents an important knowledge within a specific field.

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Hovgaard, G. Master learning: a way to manage tertiary education in small island jurisdictions. High Educ 72, 637–649 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-015-9968-5

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Keywords

  • Small island states and jurisdictions
  • Tertiary education
  • Comparative education
  • Educational planning
  • Master learning
  • West Nordic jurisdictions