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Title: Senior management perspectives of mathematics and statistics support in higher education: moving to an ‘ecological’ approach
Authors: Mackenzie, Helen
Tolley, Harry
Croft, Tony
Grove, Michael
Lawson, Duncan
Keywords: Ecological university
Higher education
Mathematics and statistics support
Student transition
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: MACKENZIE, H. ...et al., 2016. Senior management perspectives of mathematics and statistics support in higher education: moving to an ‘ecological’ approach. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 38(5), pp. 550-561.
Abstract: © 2016 Association for Tertiary Education Management and the LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Education Leadership and ManagementThis article explores the perspectives of three senior managers in higher education institutions in England regarding their mathematics and statistics support provision. It does so by means of a qualitative case study that draws upon the writing of Ronald Barnett about the identity of an ‘ecological’ university, along with metaphors associated with the notion of organisations as living ‘organisms’, suggested by Gareth Morgan. Using these ideas as a heuristic sheds light upon the view that whilst outwardly universities appear to represent a uniform landscape, mathematics and statistics support alternatively, can be seen as different ‘species’ within the higher education system. The study illustrates how three universities occupying contrasting ecological ‘niches’ are responding to the challenges they face by providing and planning different forms of learning support for mathematics and statistics. In conclusion, it is recommended that senior managers reflect upon the possibilities offered by the idea of ‘ecological’ identities in order to explore how they might respond strategically to a rapidly changing environment. This includes adapting various solutions and the further development of innovative ways of supporting students’ transitions throughout the academic lifecycle. In addition, an ecological approach could also aid the formation of the co-creational relationships and networks required for the future success of those developments.
Description: This paper is in closed access until 19th Dec 2017.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/1360080X.2016.1196932
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22269
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1360080X.2016.1196932
ISSN: 1360-080X
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