Disciplines in their organisational context: Mapping Australian faculty structures to the ASCED and ANZSRC fields of education and research

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Abstract

In this study, we investigated the extent to which the national classifications of disciplines reflect the organisational structures of
Australia’s universities. The names of faculty units of ten universities were mapped onto the fields of education set out in the Australian
Standard Classification of Education (ASCED) as well as the fields of research in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research
Classification (ANZSRC). The results show a fair degree of alignment between the faculty structures and both classification schemes,
but also reveal much variation in the degree of alignment amongst the universities sampled. Schools and other second-level units
are slightly more aligned to ASCED than to ANZSRC. Several units covering more specific fields are not represented in the current
ASCED and ANZSRC classifications, though most non-alignment is due to divergent ways of dividing and compounding broader
disciplinary areas. The degree of alignment to the research classification has changed little, overall, since the time of ANZSRC’s
predecessor, the Australian Standard Research Classification.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-17
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Universities' Review
Volume62
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2020

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