October 7, 2015
Bernardo Rondelli
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Transdisciplinary research projects: a matter of evaluation or education?

During a review of a series of research project proposals, I quite frequently came across the phrase: ‘…and the project proposes a truly transdisciplinary approach’.  The word ‘truly’ caught my attention and prompted me to raise a discussion about what a transdisciplinary, multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary approach means in research. In the common view, multidisciplinarity draws on knowledge from different disciplines but stays within their boundaries. Interdisciplinarity analyses, synthesises and harmonises links between disciplines into a coordinated and coherent whole. Transdisciplinarity transcends their ...
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March 6, 2015
José Luis Mateos
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Critical approaches to education-based meritocracy: the case of Britain

Starting in the post-war socio-political milieu and throughout the second half of the 20th century, Britain witnessed dramatic expansion of its Higher Education system. This is very much related to the ‘modernisation theory, which some 40 years ago predicted that the development of industrial societies would require workers to be ever more highly educated and occupational roles to be allocated increasingly on the basis of achieved rather than ascribed characteristics’ (Boliver 2011, p.230). This post will review a set of policy efforts ...
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September 9, 2014
Florian Amon
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Internationalising Academia – Internationalising Teacher Training?

Internationalisation is revolutionising academia: universities are experiencing cross-border competition for students and research projects and face an increasingly multi-cultural setting at home. Accordingly, students’ training has to face new challenges. However, we tend to forget that they could already arrive well prepared, qualified by a school system that takes into account an increasingly international education. We argue that for the internationalisation of universities to succeed, it must also take into account students’ training prior to tertiary education. But the quality of ...
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July 17, 2014
Naël Desaldeleer
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Deciphering the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)

These days we are witnessing attempts to build a single, pan-European sphere of higher education and research (HE&R) in the fight against national area segmentation. The Bologna Process and its reform of academic degrees is well known, but is it really clearly understood? As the original Bologna Process formally ended in 2010, the time has come to examine the first results. Since it will gradually come to shape all activities in the field, how HE&R stakeholders understand it will be crucial ...
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