Session 2: Fields of Higher Education

Session Chair Mikael Börjesson

Location: Room 12:128

There is a growing number of investigations of fields of higher education, that is, as structures structured by the resources possessed by the students attending different programmes and courses at specific institutions, and the session presents recent analyses of the four Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.

We can conclude that a fairly similar pattern emerges across time and space. The Nordic fields of higher education are all characterised by a dual structure. The first axis describes the division of men and women and separates education in technology and natural sciences from education aiming at professions in health, education and caring.

The second axis displays a social hierarchical dimension with social groups rich in economic, social and cultural assets in contrast to groups with small such resources. This latter dimension also differentiates the traditional universities along with prestigious professional schools and long and selective professional programmes at the pole of students from well-to-do homes from regional university colleges and colleges of health science and shorter non-selective professional programmes at the other pole.

We will also pay attention to differences between the fields, such as the selective location of teacher education in Finland and the dominant positions of many social science programmes in Denmark.

Papers in this session:

Yann Renisio, EHESS, Collège de France, Paris:
The Social Origin of Higher Education Disciplines in France

Based on:
Renisio, Yann, "L’origine sociale des disciplines", Actes de la
recherche en sciences sociales
, 2015, vol. 5, no 210, p. 10‑27.

Mikael Börjesson, EDU, Uppsala University, Tanja Askvik, HiOA, Oslo, Jens-Peter Thomsen, SFI, Copenhagen:
Nordic Fields of Higher Education

Ola Agewall & Gunnar Olofsson, LNU, Växjö:
A Stratified Profession in a Differentiated Institutional Setting: Swedish University Teachers from the 1990s Onwards

Seven sessions

Session 1A & 1B:

ORGANISATIONAL APPROACHES
Session Chair Agnete Vabø
 

Session 2:

FIELDS OF HIGHER EDUCATION
Session Chair Mikael Börjesson

 

Session 3:

INEQUALITIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Session Chair Jens-Peter Thomsen
 

Session 4:

UNIVERSITY GOVERNANCE IN THE NORDIC COUNTRIES
Session Chair Tina Hedmo
 

Session 5:

ELITE HIGHER EDUCATION AND EDUCATIONAL STRATEGIES AMONG ELITES
Session Chair Ida Lidegran
 

Session 6:

FINANCING HIGHER EDUCATION
Session Chair Martin Gustavsson
 

Session 7:

SOCIAL INEQUALITIES AND SOCIAL CAPITAL
Session Chair Håvard Helland