Critical Perspectives on Theory, Policy and Practice
Edited By Ourania Filippakou and Gareth Williams
I. Higher Education As a Public Good: Notes for a Discussion Ourania FilippakOu Overview As mass higher education evolves into universal higher education, with more than half the population taking part, massive debates about its purpose and practice are taking place. One of the most important of these is a questioning of the widely held view that higher education is intrinsically a public good. The aim of this book is to examine this debate in the context of exploring the purposes of higher education in the 21st century. Higher education as a public good can be theorised in three broad ways: ideas of higher education, models of higher education delivery and policies where ideas and models meet the world of other, often conflicting claims and ideas. This book is as an examination of these three approaches emerging out of the current ideological struggle at the core of higher education that is reshaping policy and institutional behaviour: 1. The ways in which the idea of higher education as a public good is changing—the interpretations of higher education as either a private or a public good—in response to the pressures coming from the state, especially the political control of funding. 2. How curriculum delivery and research might be effected in pursuit of (1). 3. How institutional change might be effected in order to bring about 1. and 2. Higher education is now a key policy arena for government and the state. The political debate centres upon the perceived role of...
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