Understanding Learning-centred Higher Education

Out of the LIHE ’08 Symposium came this international anthology:Claus Nygaard & Clive Holtham (eds.): “UNDERSTANDING LEARNING-CENTRED HIGHER EDUCATION”, CBS PRESS, August 2008, 361p. It is available online from Amazon.com, Buy.com and CBS PRESS.

“Understanding Learning-Centred Higher Education” addresses the importance of moving from a content-based view to a learning-centred view of higher education. In 18 chapters researchers and practitioners from five continents discuss three central themes that concern learning-centred higher education: 1) the concept of learning; 2) curriculum; 3) learning, teaching and assessment (LTA) processes. The chapters integrate theoretical conceptualisations and empirical examples. The book thereby offers both new approaches to the understanding of learning-centred higher education, as well as normative implications and examples of best practices from people involved in everyday practices of quality enhancement within higher education.


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About the editors:

Claus Nygaard is Professor in Management Education at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. Originally trained in business economics and administration, where he holds a Ph.D., he became Associate Professor in Economic Sociology at Department of Organization and Copenhagen Business School. In 2000 he changed position to CBS Learning Lab, and began to work with Quality Enhancement of Higher Education. He was a driving force behind the formulation and implementation of the “Learning Strategy” for Copenhagen Business School in 2005. He has received distinguished research awards from Allied Academies, outstanding paper awards from Students in Free Enterprise, and he was voted “best teacher” at Copenhagen Business School in 2001. His research has resulted in several anthologies, and he has published in leading journals like “Higher Education”, “International Studies of Management & Organization”, and “International Journal of Public Sector Management”.

Clive Holtham is Professor of Information Management and Director of the Learning Laboratory at Cass Business School, London, UK. After taking a Masters degree in management, he trained as an accountant and was Young Accountant of the Year in 1976. Following six years as a Director of Finance and IT, he moved to the Business School in 1988. His research is into the strategic exploitation of information systems, knowledge management and management learning. He has been an adviser to the European Parliament on educational technology, and led a major EU project on measurement and reporting of intangibles as well as the highly rated QuBE project into quality enhancement in business schools. In 2003 he was awarded a UK National Teaching Fellowship, and is a board member of the Non-Profit E-learning Network (2008-2011), a major initiative to promote management education through informal online learning. He is author of a large number of publications, and lectures, broadcasts and consults in the UK and internationally. He was a founding member of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, the City of London’s 100th livery company.