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Student chronicle: Studying the field you work in

Elisabeth Josefine Lackner (Hedda master programme and

Elisabeth Josefine Lackner
(Hedda master programme and Student Information and Communications Office at the University of Oslo)

Have you ever wondered in what ways knowing more about higher education research adds value to working as a practitioner in higher education administration? This entry is written by Elisabeth Josefine Lackner who is a student in the Hedda master programme and at the same time working as an administrative manager at Student Information and Communications Office at the University of Oslo. 

What is the added value of added theory on your work? I have asked myself that question many times the last six months, after enrolling into the Higher Education Master Programme at University of Oslo last autumn. And although added theoretical knowledge on the field I work in sometimes frankly complicates my daily doings in the work sphere, it does provide insight, thoughts, opinions and methods that add a valuable X-factor to my work.

And vice versa.

Although it is hard to mentally liberate oneself from the rightfully applied and experience based work sphere, the touch with reality that work experience gives, makes the literature we read, the discussions in class and assignments ever so much more richer and many-faceted.

First and foremost I am a higher education professional. But I write this post as a student of higher education. I have worked within or along the borders of the field since I graduated from university, in both the public and private sectors and presently as a communications manager working centrally at the University of Oslo. Yet, last summer I decided – after long-lasting considerations on what to pursue in a long longed for master’s degree – to add academic knowledge to my professional self and additionally study a field which I have learned is so fascinating and nevertheless vital to individuals and society.

Yet, studying the field within which you work and vice-versa enriches and frankly complicates your daily business and perspectives.

Let’s start with enrichment. After attending lectures and seminars I stroll back to my daily business of meetings, emails and phone calls, presentations, contracts and hiring– normal business in many office jobs. If not the academic knowledge I have achieved through the curriculum can guide me in my daily operative tasks, it does provide a richer and more interesting context for the even work-day. For instance, I do perceive that I am more able to read changes in the applied field through other lenses. For instance, after over six months of studying higher education, it is hard for me not to couple the ongoing present expansion of NOKUT (Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education) with the roll out of New Public Management in Norwegian public sector and higher education field.

Seminar: Educating the Deliberate Professional Through Workplace Learning

We are delighted to share with you another seminar recording from the research group HEIK (Higher Education: Institutional dynamics and Knowledge cultures). HEIK is a research group located at the Faculty of Educational Sciences in University of Oslo, the coordinating institution of Hedda.

This video features Assoc. Prof. Franziska Trede (Charles Sturt University), the title of the presentation is “Educating the Deliberate Professional Through Workplace Learning“. The seminar was recorded in January 2014 in Oslo. You can read the abstract for the session here.

HEIK seminar: Topics and issues in practice-based studies with Prof. Silvia Gherardi

We are pleased to share yet another session from the HEIK academic seminar series in the field of higher education, with both invited international speakers and members of the research group HEIK (Higher Education: Institutional dynamics and Knowledge cultures) at the University of Oslo.

This lecture was recorded in May 2013 and features Professor Silvia Gherardi (University of Trento) and the seminar is titled “Topics and issues in practice-based studies“.

Abstract for the session:

The seminar’s aim is to provide insight into new methodological resources developed to study change process “from below”, with a particular emphasis on resent work done within the field of practice-based studies. The practice-based approach to the study of work has been widely adopted in recent years, yet its theoretical and methodological systematization has only just begun. Drawing on cases presented in her new book on the topic, Silvia Gherardi (2012) provides an overview on the topics and issues addressed by practice-based studies. Further, using core examples both from her own work and that of colleagues she elaborates the critical issues at stake and provides methodological guidance on how to conduct empirical research on practices, and how to interpret them from three central perspectives: practices from outside’, practices ‘from inside’, and the social effects produced by practices.