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creator
Turner, David A
subject
Butterfly Effect
Complexity
Global
Local
National
Self-similarity
NDC
Education
abstract
This paper examines the distribution of students in tertiary education across six broad cognate areas of study. Using data collected by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics since 1999, it suggests that there is neither uniformity across countries, nor obvious signs of convergence toward uniformity, either globally or regionally. This empirical evidence is placed in a context that views institutions as complex, self-organising systems, capable of selecting those external stimuli that will affect their development, and ignoring those that will not. This view of organisations emphasises the importance of their histories in shaping what they are likely to do in the future, with national systems of higher education, for example, showing strong tendencies to continue past patterns into the future. These observations have important implications for how educational institutions are managed, and how policy is developed.
journal title
Higher Education Forum
volume
Volume 14
start page
51
end page
61
date of issued
2017-03
publisher
Research Institute for Higher Education, Hiroshima University
issn
2432-9614
isbn
978-4-86637-003-3
ncid
language
eng
nii type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
HU type
Departmental Bulletin Papers
DCMI type
text
format
application/pdf
text version
publisher
department
Research Institute for Higher Education
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