Category Archives: Higher education

Academic Capitalism and the New Economy: Markets, State, and Higher Education

As colleges and universities become more entrepreneurial in a post-industrial economy, they focus on knowledge less as a public good than as a commodity to be capitalized on in profit-oriented activities. In Academic Capitalism and the New Economy, higher education … Continue reading

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Distributed Leadership in Higher Education – rhetoric and reality

In this paper we present findings from research in 12 universities that sought to capture a range of perspectives on ‘distributed leadership’ and reveal common and competing experiences within and between institutions. From analysis of findings we identified two principle … Continue reading

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Academic Bildung in Net-based Higher Education: Moving beyond Learning

The explosive emergence of net-based learning in higher education brings with it new possibilities and constraints in teaching and learning environments. This edited collection considers how the concept of Academic Bildung – a term suggesting a personal educational process beyond … Continue reading

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The Collapsing Business Plan of the Neoliberal University

The dominant business model for American higher education has collapsed, taking with it the financial integrity, academic quality, access, and independence that college and universities once enjoyed. Since the end of World War II two business models have defined the … Continue reading

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Democratization and Cultural Resistance in South African Teacher Education

The transformation of South African higher education has significantly altered the teacher education system resulting in an unintended decreased in the number of recruits into and graduates from teacher education programmes, as well as acute teacher shortages in subject areas … Continue reading

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Nomadic Swarms of Mobile Learners

This is an old farsighted paper. Since this technology is mobile, students turn “nomad,” carrying conversations and thinking across campus spaces. The socializing powers of mobility and wirelessness expand the drive into collaboration. Should our physically sedentary campuses embrace the … Continue reading

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Enseignement Supérieur et Classes Sociales : Production et Reproduction

À l’heure des offensives néolibérales contre l’enseignement supérieur, Panagiotis Sotiris revient sur le rôle politique des universités dans la reproduction des rapports de classes. Si la légitimité de la classe dominante est constamment reproduite à travers « l’État intégral », … Continue reading

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Beyond the Neoliberal Imaginary – Investigating the Role of Critical Pedagogy in Higher Education

This thesis uses the qualitative case study approach to investigate the lived experience of three faculty members in higher education who identify themselves as critical pedagogues during an era of neoliberal restructuring. This research explores what the possibilities are  for enacting critical pedagogies … Continue reading

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Seeking Good Change: discovering the Transformative Potential of Higher Education

This paper explores ways in which aspirations for development (“good change”) are battered currently by forces and challenges that appear to be diminishing opportunities for social justice, equity and harmony. There are many  examples of good change, some of which … Continue reading

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Imagining the University

Despite both positive and negative perceptions of the current state of higher education, the contemporary debate over what it is to be a university is limited. Most of all, it is limited imaginatively. The range of imagined options is narrow. … Continue reading

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