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ERIC Number: ED359878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
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The Emergence of a New Educational Program at the University of Oslo.
Karseth, Berit
This paper discusses the emergence and the establishment of new educational programs in universities by describing a theoretical approach and reporting an empirical study of the development of one interdisciplinary department (the Institute for Media and Communication) at the University of Oslo (Norway). It is argued that the emergence of new educational programs can be understood as a result of the interplay, or discourses, between the internal factors (the knowledge traditions) and the external factors (politics of knowledge), a construction shaped by negotiation between individuals inside and outside the field of knowledge in a specific social and historical setting. The case study involved interviews with 11 faculty members of the Institute, interviews with people not in the department but instrumental in its establishment, and evaluation of relevant written material. Results are interpreted in terms of the arguments behind the emergence of the Institute including: the debates and introduction of media as a school topic; the organization of media and public policy; and arguments and motives of persons within the University. The development of a fully integrated curriculum and the Institute's final location within the Faculty of the Arts are recounted. (Contains 44 references.) (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - General; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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