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ERIC Number: ED427619
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 14
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What Sort of Comparative Higher Education Research, What For, and For Whom? Reflections on Its Historical, Societal, Disciplinary, and Educative Context. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
deRudder, Helmut
This paper focuses on five basic concepts that exemplify the comparative study of higher education. It examines its contribution to the understanding of higher education: Comparative higher education is seen as the best means of examining one's own system, of understanding its cultural characteristics, of seeing alternatives, and of understanding commonalities and differences. Using a macrosociological approach, it seeks to explain similarities and differences by relating higher education to the society and culture in which it is embedded. It looks at the historical, common European root of universities and to the interrelationship between religious, political, economic, cultural, and social developments and the development of higher education. It examines higher education's place in national societies and cultures, and as a worldwide culture of its own. Despite differences in European and American higher education, similarities are seen in values and beliefs, institutional forms, scholarship, research, and teaching, and standards. It notes the value of comparative higher education for the self-education of academics and scholars, as well as for students in the field of higher education, arguing that an understanding of comparative higher education is integral to the concept of an educated academic. Contains 11 references. (CH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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