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Higher Education as a field of research in the Portuguese speaking countries: Insights on an emerging scientific field

Langa, Patrício V.

Abstract:
This article examines the preconditions for the emergence of higher education as a field of research in the Portuguese speaking countries. It uses various sources of data, including the worldwide inventory on higher education by the Center for International Higher Education of Boston College, to map the existing infrastructure for the establishment of higher education as new scientific field. This includes research centres, academic programmes, journals, and professional and academic associations. The article shows that higher education has become a complex social institution, which, according to Altbach (2014), is the condition that leads to the constitution of a new scientific field. Bourdieu’s theory of field is used to shed light on the sociological conditions for the establishment of new fields. The article concludes that the prerequisites for an emerging field of higher education research in the Portuguese speaking countries are in place, but further research is required to establish whether the magnet effects of a functioning field have been ignited.

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Document Title: Higher Education as a field of research in the Portuguese speaking countries: Insights on an emerging scientific field
Journal: International Journal of African Higher Education
Volume: 4
Issue: 2


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Higher Education Institutions HEI s, Higher Education, Educational Attainment


File Size:490 KB
Date Added:25 October 2018


Langa, Patrício V., 'Higher Education as a field of research in the Portuguese speaking countries: Insights on an emerging scientific field', (2017) 4 (2) International Journal of African Higher Education