Moving from an “industrial” to an “ecological” university model: Paper


In a recent paper for Teaching in Higher Education, Ian M Kinchin (University of Surrey) discusses how higher education can take to shift from an “industrial model” to an “ecological” model that treats the university as an ecosystem. With the current model of higher education frequently decried as “a broken system,” Kinchin explains that there is a more optimistic body of work developing in educational research literature that focuses on the “ecological university.” Kinchin explains the theory of the ecological university system before embarking on an explanation of what needs to be done to achieve the “operationalization of the ecological university.” The author concludes by highlighting some of the potential challenges institutions could face if they pursue an ecological model.

Teaching in Higher Education