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A CASE STUDY OF THE TENSIONS BETWEEN POLICY-MAKING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION REFORM POLICIES THAT AFFECT THE PROFESSORIATE AT TWO ARGENTINEAN UNIVERSITIES

Silvestre, Gabriela Judith (2008) A CASE STUDY OF THE TENSIONS BETWEEN POLICY-MAKING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION REFORM POLICIES THAT AFFECT THE PROFESSORIATE AT TWO ARGENTINEAN UNIVERSITIES. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh.

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    The Argentinean higher education system suffered an overarching reform since the mid 1990's. The literature for the study of higher education reform policies in Argentina focuses mainly on broad reform policies and on issues of university autonomy. This dissertation reveals the impact of global trends on higher education reform policies in Argentina and it explores the goals of the Argentinean national state in the design of the higher education reform policies, plus the tensions and misalignments between policy goals and implementation at two universities, and the outcomes of the policies on professors' work and academic professionalism. The purpose of this study is to analyze the tensions and impacts initiated by the Argentinean higher education reform policies of 1995 (and subsequent policies) on the ways in which professors and academic staff perceive the roles of the professoriate at two Argentinean universities.This research is designed as a policy case study complemented with the method of focused synthesis. This study is sustained by different type data such as archival data, and interviews. Policy actors, such as policy makers, as well as academic staff, and professors working at two Argentinean universities were interviewed using open-ended interviews. A coding schema rooted in the theoretical framework was the research tool utilized to construct the research findings.The research findings reveal that the Argentinean state intended the modernization of the higher education system in the context of state reform. The improvement of quality of both the system and the professoriate was also among the goals of the reform movement. Different system stakeholders influence both the design and implementation of the policies. Their perceptions about academic professionalism have a weak impact in the process of policy implementation. Nevertheless, professors' work has been deeply affected by the implementation of these policies. This study will contribute to the scholarship of higher education reform policies from a global scope. The focus of the policy outcomes on the professoriate opens an unusual topic that will ultimately be the source of further comparative analysis of the effects of these policies on professors' lives and work.


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    Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
    ETD Committee:
    ETD Committee TypeCommittee MemberEmail
    Committee ChairLewis, Consuellalewisc@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberMartin, Dondmartin@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberWeidman, Johnweidman@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberBorzutzky, Silviasb6n@andrew.cmu.edu
    Title: A CASE STUDY OF THE TENSIONS BETWEEN POLICY-MAKING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION REFORM POLICIES THAT AFFECT THE PROFESSORIATE AT TWO ARGENTINEAN UNIVERSITIES
    Status: Unpublished
    Abstract: The Argentinean higher education system suffered an overarching reform since the mid 1990's. The literature for the study of higher education reform policies in Argentina focuses mainly on broad reform policies and on issues of university autonomy. This dissertation reveals the impact of global trends on higher education reform policies in Argentina and it explores the goals of the Argentinean national state in the design of the higher education reform policies, plus the tensions and misalignments between policy goals and implementation at two universities, and the outcomes of the policies on professors' work and academic professionalism. The purpose of this study is to analyze the tensions and impacts initiated by the Argentinean higher education reform policies of 1995 (and subsequent policies) on the ways in which professors and academic staff perceive the roles of the professoriate at two Argentinean universities.This research is designed as a policy case study complemented with the method of focused synthesis. This study is sustained by different type data such as archival data, and interviews. Policy actors, such as policy makers, as well as academic staff, and professors working at two Argentinean universities were interviewed using open-ended interviews. A coding schema rooted in the theoretical framework was the research tool utilized to construct the research findings.The research findings reveal that the Argentinean state intended the modernization of the higher education system in the context of state reform. The improvement of quality of both the system and the professoriate was also among the goals of the reform movement. Different system stakeholders influence both the design and implementation of the policies. Their perceptions about academic professionalism have a weak impact in the process of policy implementation. Nevertheless, professors' work has been deeply affected by the implementation of these policies. This study will contribute to the scholarship of higher education reform policies from a global scope. The focus of the policy outcomes on the professoriate opens an unusual topic that will ultimately be the source of further comparative analysis of the effects of these policies on professors' lives and work.
    Date: 29 September 2008
    Date Type: Completion
    Defense Date: 08 April 2008
    Approval Date: 29 September 2008
    Submission Date: 05 August 2008
    Access Restriction: No restriction; The work is available for access worldwide immediately.
    Patent pending: No
    Institution: University of Pittsburgh
    Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
    Refereed: Yes
    Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
    URN: etd-08052008-160824
    Uncontrolled Keywords: academic professionalism in context of higher educ; Argentinean higher education; higher education policy analysis; higher education reform policies; policies that affect the professoriate
    Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 14:57
    Last Modified: 11 Jun 2012 13:30
    Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-08052008-160824/, etd-08052008-160824

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