International Comparative Higher Education Research – From Myopic Insularity Towards a Global and Cosmopolitan Approach?

By Anna Kosmützky

New realities of a globalized higher education world have a profound impact on higher education research. Global and transnational topics are theoretically and empirically elaborated, whereas an international comparative outlook seems outdated.

This seminar will trace the development of comparative research using a set of empirical and conceptual meta-studies. It will elaborate on the state of art in comparative higher education research, and discuss its analytical and explanatory power in a globalized world.

Compared to other interdisciplinary and (sub-)disciplinary comparative fields, reflection in higher education research is underdeveloped. The seminar will recommend more precise quality standards for comparative research designs.

Anna Kosmützky has a PhD in sociology and is assistant professor at the International Center for Higher Education Research at Kassel University, Germany. Her research interests include (social) science studies and organizational studies with a focus on methodological issues of qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Friday 9 October 2015

14:15 – 15:30

Room 202 Runme Shaw Building2