Ruth Neumann

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Knowledge is the core business of universities. In its different forms and structures, knowledge provides the underlying basis for how a university is organised and how it conducts its teaching and research. Disciplines, or “bundles of knowledge” (Clark, 1983), embody different knowledge forms reflecting both epistemological approaches and the social aspects of knowledge communities. However, knowledge is not static. As knowledge increases, changes and becomes more specialised, the number of disciplines continues to increase. This dynamic nature is reflected in the differing organisational structures of knowledge within universities over time and across countries. While disciplines form the most important basis underpinning academic organisation, there is an ever more complex array of fields of study and sub-disciplines, as well as emerging areas of interdisciplinary knowledge and inquiry. Knowledge boundaries are contestable and flexible.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge international handbook of higher education
EditorsMalcome Tight, Ka Ho Mok, Jeroen Huisman, Christopher C Morphew
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
ISBN (Print)9780415432641
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameRoutledge international handbook series


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