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ERIC Number: EJ1119413
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1560
Opening the Mind? Geographies of Knowledge and Curricular Practices
Tange, Hanne; Millar, Sharon
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, v72 n5 p573-587 Nov 2016
Inspired by Bourdieu's ("Homo Academicus, Polity," Cambridge, 1988; "The Logic of Practice, Polity," Cambridge, 1990) ideas of knowledge reproduction, the article presents an empirical mapping of knowledge geographies, as manifest in the curricular practices found within a single international MA programme in Denmark. Following an initial discussion of global trends in academic publishing, Berg's ("Geoforum" 35:553-558, 2004) notions of "limited" and "unlimited" spaces are adopted as a conceptual framework, enabling us to identify "geographies of power" in the production and reproduction of academic knowledge. The empirical analysis is based on a data set comprised of course reading lists, lecturer biographies and interviews with five lecturers and one programme convener. A quantitative analysis of nationality and institutional affiliation of authors represented on the course curricula provides a general picture of knowledge geographies and places the USA/UK in the position as leading producers of knowledge, followed by northern Europe. A qualitative analysis of lecturers' reflections on their curricular practices suggests an awareness of the dominant role occupied by the USA/UK and possibly Europe, but also a recognition of a need to engage with new spaces. The article concludes with a discussion of "open" versus "closed" positions among the lecturers, leading to an identification of possible change agents within the programme.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark; United Kingdom; United States
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