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In search of an identity: lecturer perceptions of the business studies first degree

In search of an identity: lecturer perceptions of the business studies first degree
In search of an identity: lecturer perceptions of the business studies first degree
Despite the growing importance of Business Studies within UK higher education issues concerning its curriculum have received little serious attention. This paper identifies a framework by which to understand the Business Studies degree and reports the results of a national survey into the attitudes of lecturers. The survey analysed the perceptions of lecturers toward the aims and knowledge structure of first degrees in Business Studies. Most lecturers hold divergent views concerning the appropriate aim of a Business Studies degree indicating that the widespread perception that such programmes are ‘vocational’ may be misplaced. There are also differences of perspective concerning the balance between humanities- and science-based knowledge. A range of teaching subjects within Business Studies provides the basis for distinct academic and professional traditions. Differences in the attitudes of lecturers toward both aims and knowledge appear to be closely linked to these traditions, and the institutional setting of such degrees.
1363-6820
5-20
Macfarlane, B.
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Macfarlane, B.
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Macfarlane, B. (1997) In search of an identity: lecturer perceptions of the business studies first degree. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 49 (1), 5-20. (doi:10.1080/13636829700200001).

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Despite the growing importance of Business Studies within UK higher education issues concerning its curriculum have received little serious attention. This paper identifies a framework by which to understand the Business Studies degree and reports the results of a national survey into the attitudes of lecturers. The survey analysed the perceptions of lecturers toward the aims and knowledge structure of first degrees in Business Studies. Most lecturers hold divergent views concerning the appropriate aim of a Business Studies degree indicating that the widespread perception that such programmes are ‘vocational’ may be misplaced. There are also differences of perspective concerning the balance between humanities- and science-based knowledge. A range of teaching subjects within Business Studies provides the basis for distinct academic and professional traditions. Differences in the attitudes of lecturers toward both aims and knowledge appear to be closely linked to these traditions, and the institutional setting of such degrees.

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Published date: 1997
Organisations: Southampton Education School

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Local EPrints ID: 374142
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/374142
ISSN: 1363-6820
PURE UUID: dc28cd8c-8825-4007-8b22-8ffe688262f3

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