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An Empirical Study of the Rate of Change in Textbooks used in Universities : a comparison between disciplines
creator
Harada, Kentaro
NDC
Education
abstract
The purpose of this paper is to clarify the knowledge used in university education. I focus on the relationship between time and knowledge, and attempt to clarify the rate of change about knowledge used in university education.

To provide a basis for empirical analysis, I have evaluated various textbooks used in universities, focusing on the entries in the indexes found at the end of the textbooks. I create two indexes, to estimate the rate of change of the knowledge in a discipline. In order to compare the rate of change among disciplines, I selected two fields- physics and economics; in economics again I selected two areas -micro-economics and macroeconomics; and in macro-economics. I selected two textbooks written by different authors.

The findings of this paper are as follows. 1) The rate of change in physics exceeds that in economics. 2) The rate of change in macro-economics nearly equals that in micro-economics for the same author. 3) In macro-economics, the rate of change in one textbook does not equal that in the other, but this difference is not more than the difference between disciplines.
journal title
Daigaku ronshu: Research in higher education
issue
Issue 42
start page
297
end page
309
date of issued
2011-03
publisher
広島大学高等教育研究開発センター
issn
0302-0142
ncid
SelfDOI
language
jpn
nii type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
HU type
Departmental Bulletin Papers
DCMI type
text
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application/pdf
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rights
Copyright (c) 2011 Author(s)
department
Research Institute for Higher Education
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