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Literature Review: Higher Education problem for Social Sciences

This “Ten Problems for Social Sciences in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form journal articles, conference proceedings and students’ theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. interculturalism,
  2. introspection,
  3. truth,
  4. authenticity,
  5. human enhancement,
  6. critical thinking,
  7. technocracy,
  8. privilege,
  9. ethics,
  10. higher education.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.


10 Higher Education

THE PROBLEM — Education for sustainable development can become a universal tool for teachers around the world. Learning must be restructured and reoriented to take the full advantage of the online technology. Effective application of research to policy and practice is not always robust in achieving impacts.

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CONCLUSIONS — Through the prism of education for sustainable development, learners study global issues and ways to reach global aims through local actions. In the backdrop of recent COVID-19 lockdown, school learners across the countries have had the opportunity to experience online mode of learning. Although aiming for demonstrable and lasting impact, applied social science sometimes falls short. Students’ ratings of instructor teaching effectiveness through the Student Opinion of Teaching survey may increase through the inclusion of an informational primer on the purpose of surveys. Among the different knowledge fields history has a decisive and dominant role in Hungary. Corporate competition has contributed to the invisibilization of collective work in UK higher education. Social sciences education in France falls under broad purposes such as educating citizens and preparing the future workforce. Should civic education in France be rather about knowledge and institutions, or should it follow a more activity-oriented approach? Somali development literature is dominated by non-Somali authorship. African languages suffer marginalization despite the existence of various empowering and restorative legislative provisions and policies. The current expansion of English language publishing by scholars from China is supported by national and university policies.

TEN FREE REFERENCES FROM THE INTERNET — … buy this booklet from Amazon …


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“Ten Problems for Social Sciences in the 2020s” booklet for Amazon Kindle, 2020; click on the cover to go to the dedicated Amazon listing page

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