How do universities address the emerging demands concerning learning environment? (PhD project)

About the project

The concept of learning environment has recently gained an increased attention in higher education studies and policies, including Norwegian higher education policies. This study looks at the demands that the have recently been introduced to universities concerning this concept and investigates how universities are addressing them from an institutional perspective, taking five Norwegian universities as an example. By doing this the study aims to contribute to increase our knowledge on how the concept of learning environment is approached in the context of (Norwegian) higher education. The research starts with a comprehensive review of the literature studies written on the learning environment in higher education, in addition to the Norwegian higher education policy documents issued with respect to this concept. An analysis is then conducted of the strategies and plans developed by the investigated universities in relation to the concept, in addition to interviews with key staff members responsible of developing and implementing them.     



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Abualrub, I., Karseth, B., & Stensaker, B. (2013). The various understandings of learning environment in higher education and its quality implications. Quality in Higher Education19(1), 90-110.

Abualrub, I. (2014). How do universities address the emerging demands concerning their learning environments?. EAIR 36th Annual Forum





Tags: Learning environments, higher education, institutional theory
Published Aug. 31, 2011 3:17 PM - Last modified Oct. 4, 2016 10:52 AM