Reclaiming Universities from a Runaway World

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Melanie Walker, Jon Nixon
Society for Research into Higher Education & Open University Press, 2004 - Education - 215 pages
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· What is the current state of higher education internationally?

· How may we construct an alternative vision for higher education?

· What might such an alternative look like?

Within the knowledge economy, higher education has expanded and changed through policies and practices of audit, performativity and ‘market’ values. In the face of such shifts, Reclaiming Universities from a Runaway World contributes to a timely and important debate around the civic function and democratic values of universities.

The book is divided into three parts:

· ‘Dark Times’ critiques the effects of contemporary higher education on professional life, research and curricula.

· ‘Languages of Reconstruction’ explores alternative conceptualisations of what universities and higher learning are for, reaffirming difference, deliberative dialogue and the intrinsic goods of learning. The book argues that different languages enable different ways of thinking about university life.

· ‘Pointing to Hope’ builds upon the foundations of the previous section to demonstrate how practices in pedagogy, new technologies, management, research and scholarship can be developed.

This book offers a compelling and workable new vision for higher education. It is unique in bringing together critique with alternative ways of thinking about and doing higher education, providing theoretical and empirical grounding and focusing on international issues. With its international authorship, it provides insight for anyone interested in debates about the directions of higher education, including students, researchers, higher education managers and policy makers.

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About the author (2004)

Editors:Melanie Walker is Reader, and Professor Jon Nixon, both in the Department of Educational Studies, University of Sheffield.


Ronald Barnett is Professor of Higher Education at the Institute ofEducation, University of London

Jean Barr is Professor of Adult and Continuing Education at the University of Glasgow

Marie Brennan is Professor of Education and Dean of Education at the University of South Australia,

Colin Bundy is Director of SOAS,

Morwenna Griffiths is Professor of Educational Research at Nottingham Trent University,

Lisa Lucas is a Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, Michael Peters is Professor of Education at the University of Glasgow,

Steven Selden is Professor in the Curriculum Theory and Development Program at the University of Maryland College Park, USA.

Rob Walker is Professor of Education at the University of East Anglia,

Lew Zipin is lecturer in sociology/policy of education at the University of South Australia.

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