Bologna in European
Research-Intensive Universities

Implications for Bachelor and Master Programs

By Jan Elen & An Verburgh
September 2008
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ISBN: 9789044122664                                                                  
150 pages, 6 1/4 x 9 1/2"
$45.00 Paper Original

The Bologna-declaration changes fundamentally higher education in Europe. It intrduces a clear distinction between bachelor and master programs and invites research-intensive universities for a fundamental reflection on the relationship between research and educational activities.

Some of the prominent questions are: how can students' learning experiences within a research-intensive context be characterised, what effects can be expected from and what is the actual impact of learning in an environment that in general focuses on research rather than on education and student learning, and how can research be integrated in education in view of optimizing learning.

Considering the literature on the one hand and building upon the in-depth reflections of faculty-members in European research-intensive universities, the authors Jan Elen and An Verburgh make a number of education proposals, pertaining to goals, orientation and curriculum structure of bachelors and masters programs as well as to the instructional activities and possible quality assurance processes in research-intensive universities.

The proposals are formulated in view of encouraging ongoing discussion and debateon the nexus between education and research. They aim at increasing the attractiveness and effectiveness of educational activities by stressing the need for thorough, systematic and diversified integration of research in educational activities.


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