Disciplinary Versus Institutional Approaches, Higher Education

  • Jussi Välimaa
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9553-1_327-1



Institutional perspectives focus on HEIs ar organisations and disciplinary perspectives focus on HEIs as cultural entities.

General Description

This entry discusses the strengths and weaknesses of cultural and institutional approaches to higher education and higher education research.

Disciplinary Versus Institutional Approaches

Universities and other higher education institutions (HEIs) can be approached from two main perspectives. The first one defines HEIs as organizations with their formal structures and processes. The second one approaches HEIs from the perspective of academic communities and disciplinary cultures. These two perspectives not only reveal different aspects of HEIs as organizations and as cultural entities based on...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Finnish Institute for Educational ResearchUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Gaële Goastellec
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  1. 1.OSPS, LACCUSUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland