Flexibiliteit, coherentie en mechanismen: casestudy's van universitaire masterprogramma's in Nederland en het Verenigd Koninkrijk

Petronella van Adrichem-Rotteveel

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Abstract

Students studying university Master’s programmes today come from increasingly diverse backgrounds with correspondingly divergent learning needs. To respond to these factors, these programmes must offer Flexibility in content, form and organization that may be detrimental to programme Coherence. This study focuses on the tension between offering Flexibility and maintaining Coherence. The main study question is: 
Does a high degree of Flexibility in Master's programmes have a negative influence on the programmes’ Coherence, and which Mechanisms can universities employ to limit this influence?
To answer this question, system theory was used as a basis to devise a theoretical framework with variables, dimensions and indicators. Four case studies were carried out, two in the Netherlands and two in the United Kingdom. The case studies were compared and analysed using the pairwise comparison method, combined with visualization and cluster methods.
The study results included an alternative conceptual model in which Flexibility is categorized in system terms. This makes it possible to indicate which dimension of Flexibility can influence which specific form of Coherence in a Master’s programme. In addition, the study indicates which Mechanisms contribute to the creation of university Master’s programmes that are both flexible and coherent. 

Original languageDutch
Awarding Institution
  • University of Twente
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Pieters, Jules M., Supervisor
  • Vossensteyn, Hans, Supervisor
Award date22 Nov 2018
Place of PublicationEnschede
Publisher
Print ISBNs978-90-365-4661-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2018

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Flexibiliteit, coherentie en mechanismen : casestudy's van universitaire masterprogramma's in Nederland en het Verenigd Koninkrijk. / van Adrichem-Rotteveel, Petronella .

Enschede : University of Twente, 2018. 343 p.

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UTAcademic

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