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Hungarian Geographical Bulletin

Hungarian Geographical Bulletin
ISSN 2064-5031, E-ISSN 2064-5147


2015. VOL. 64. No 4.

Article details
Title
Knowledge environments in universities
Author
Peter MEUSBURGER
DOI
10.15201/hungeobull.64.4.1
Volume
64/4. 265-279. (2015)
Abstract
Talent, motivation, and wealth of ideas are not the only characteristics determining how successfully a scholar's research and academic career develops. What we academics call creative is never the result of individual action alone. Learning processes and research are situated in environments, organisational structures, and spatial relations. We cannot study scientific creativity by isolating scholars and their works from the social and historical milieu in which their actions are carried out. A stimulating environment and a talented individual must come together and interact before a creative process can occur. This article addresses four questions: What elements constitute a local knowledge environment? How can a local knowledge environment affect learning and research processes? How can one measure the impact of a knowledge environment and avoid the trap of determinism? What theoretical concepts can contribute to the analysis of knowledge environments and the explanation of their impact?
Keywords
knowledge environment, creativity, university, network, mobility, scholars, spatial relations, learning, research, interaction analysis, institutional theory, communicative constructionism
Published online
2015. 12. 18.
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