Knowledge production in higher education in Latin America: making visible the invisible (Carolina Guzman-Valenzuela, Associate Professor at the Institute of Education of the University of Chile

12:30pm - 1:45pm / Wednesday 5th February 2020 / Venue: Room 147a, 1-7 Abercromby Square, Abercromby SQ (West)
Type: Seminar / Category: Institute/School / Series: Centre for Higher Education Studies
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With a focus on Latin America, but having global relevance, this presentation interrogates marketised narratives about knowledge production in higher education.

In a context of competition for financial resources and prestige where the concept of ‘world-class university’ is paramount, the drivers underpinning knowledge production in higher education through paper publications need unpacking, especially when comparing the patterns of knowledge production between the Global North and the Global South.

By means of a bibliometric analysis of papers in higher education authored by at least one Latin-American academic between 2000 and 2015 and contained in the Web of Science (WoS), SCOPUS and the Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) indexes, this presentation critically examines issues of language, international collaboration and theories in use. In so doing, both a financial and an epistemic imbalance in the conditions of knowledge production are identified leading to a situation in which higher education studies in Latin America seem invisible.

The presentation finishes by interrogating the role of universities and academics in the production of knowledge in higher education.