1st Edition

The Education Ecology of Universities Integrating Learning, Strategy and the Academy

By Robert A. Ellis, Peter Goodyear Copyright 2019
    264 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Many universities around the world are finding that the structures and processes they have put in place to further their educational missions are being tested by rapidly changing circumstances. These changes involve new pedagogies, new course designs, new technologies and updating of the physical campus; reflecting diversifying student needs, growing student numbers, increasing competition and more demanding stakeholder expectations.

    The Education Ecology of Universities examines these issues, starting with the challenges identified by university leaders who have responsibility for education, digital and campus planning. Sharing an analysis of in-depth interviews with more than 50 leaders, it identifies a range of conceptual and procedural gaps that undermine the full development and alignment of education, digital and campus strategies. The second half of the book provides practical ideas for taking a more holistic – indeed ecological – approach to understanding and improving university learning environments.

    Setting out a case for a new applied science of educational ecology, this book offers foundational concepts and theoretical perspectives, introducing methods for analysing and evaluating teaching and learning ecosystems. It will be of interest to anyone who wants better ways of understanding how local systems function and can be improved. It is a must-read text for all leaders and researchers in education, and indeed for anyone concerned with the future of higher education.

    Series editors' introduction




    1 Universities in a changing environment

    2 Research approach

    3 The views of university educational leaders

    4 The views of university technology and facilities leaders

    5 Emerging issues: balance, integration, capability and alignment

    6 Service design

    7 Learning in activity systems

    8 Educational ecology as an applied science

    9 Educational ecology: ways and means

    10 Conclusions

    Appendix 1: Review questions to explore educationa strategic readiness

    Appendix 2: Researcher ratings


    Robert A. Ellis is Professor of Learning at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. He is also a Dean (Learning and Teaching) of seven faculties in the Arts Education Law Group.

    Peter Goodyear is Professor of Education at the University of Sydney, Australia, and was the founding co-director of the university’s Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation.