NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ847737
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0160-5429
Comparing American and European Student Services: The Case of Estonia
Herdlein, Richard J.; O'Hern, Kelly; Kukemelk, Hasso
International Education, v35 n2 p27-46 Spr 2006
This qualitative study compares the development of student services at a major European university (University of Tartu) with American higher education in order to assess philosophical and organizational differences. Based on European and German models of higher education, the Estonian university has followed a pattern of emphasizing the cognitive development of students and research as a fundamental objective. American higher education, on the other hand, has typically mirrored the British tradition of the residential colleges of Oxford and Cambridge where concern for the holistic development of students was included in the teaching/learning model. In addition, there was a recognition over many centuries that extracurricular experiences contribute to learning and allow for a practical application of many learning modalities. This article discusses the evolution of an approach to student services that is moving closer to American traditions. By studying comparative systems of higher education, practitioners can be knowledgeable about developments in an interdependent world, evaluate current practice, and create the most optimal experiences to enhance student learning and individual development. (Contains 2 tables.)
College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 420 Claxton Complex, 1126 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996. Tel: 865-974-9505; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Estonia; United States