Special Issue "New Perspectives on Modern Higher Education"

A special issue of Education Sciences (ISSN 2227-7102). This special issue belongs to the section "Higher Education".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 882

Special Issue Editor

1. Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, University of Algarve, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal
2. Research Centre in Adult Education and Community Intervention (CEAD), University of Algarve, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal
Interests: approaches to learning and cognitive development of higher education students; transitions to the labor market; employability of traditional and non-traditional students; transitions to retirement; academic success

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are currently facing several changes in different dimensions of our lives. Higher education is not an exception, particularly due to the accelerating globalisation, technological development and modernisation. In fact, global tendencies related to social, economic and environmental aspects are already impacting individual lives. However, the fast enhancement of science and technology may broaden inequalities, intensify social fragmentation and accelerate resource weakening.

In this context, higher education can promote social and economic development by increasing the human and technical capacities of societies. Playing an important role in facilitating changes, higher education can provide high-level skills to address the labour market demand, but also the needed training for highly skilled individuals.

Research demonstrates that individuals must be equipped with agency, a sense of purpose and competencies, not only when we consider studying in higher education, but also when it comes to the process of transitioning to employment (the concept of employability must also be addressed in this context).

This Special Issue will address issues related to recent changes in higher education in the global context, including different perspectives that can provide insights for the future in what concerns research, but also policy makers, teachers, students and higher education institutions.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Higher education systems in the European educational space;
  • Mass education and expansion;
  • Humanistic paradigm;
  • Globalisation and modernisation;
  • Transitions to employment;
  • Inequalities in higher education.

Proposals should correspond to full articles (4000 words minimum) and must correspond to either theoretical articles or scientific research.

Interested authors are expected to send full contributions using the word template available on the Instructions for Authors page.

I look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Sandra T. Valadas
Guest Editor

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Education Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • globalisation and massification
  • transitions to employment
  • inequalities in accessing higher education
  • the role of employability
  • the European educational space
  • educational paradigms

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Supporting the Transition to Higher Education: Finnish Principals’ Views on Opportunities and Challenges of Institutional Cooperation
Educ. Sci. 2023, 13(7), 686; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci13070686 - 05 Jul 2023
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The transition from upper secondary school to higher education is a major change in students’ lives. Supporting students to make informed decisions based on a realistic view of higher education is one of the key elements to ensuring their motivation in future studies. [...] Read more.
The transition from upper secondary school to higher education is a major change in students’ lives. Supporting students to make informed decisions based on a realistic view of higher education is one of the key elements to ensuring their motivation in future studies. Cooperation between upper secondary and higher education is one model for providing students with realistic views. However, little research has been produced from this cooperation. Therefore, the aim of this paper, based on mixed-method research, is to produce new insights into the opportunities provided by institutional cooperation by analyzing the views of Finnish upper secondary school principals (N = 94). The data were gathered using an online survey and analyzed via qualitative content analysis and descriptive statistics. The results indicate that principals consider cooperation with higher education institutions to be beneficial but there are some challenges in its implementation, such as the different structures of upper secondary schools and universities and inadequate information about possible opportunities. There are also great differences in upper secondary schools’ levels of participation. Distance to the nearest higher education institution and the size of the upper secondary school affected the participation models. There is a need to support cooperation between institutions to ensure equal possibilities for students, such as common structures, better information, as well as a multitude of different opportunities. Full article
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