Oxford and the Decline of the Collegiate Tradition

Author: David Palfreyman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136225145
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For centuries, the idea of collegiality has been integral to the British understanding of higher education. This book examines how its values are being restructured in response to the 21st-century pressures of massification and managerialism.

Oxford and the Decline of the Collegiate Tradition

Author: Ted Tapper
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780713040333
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For centuries, the idea of collegiality has been integral to the British understanding of higher education. This book examines how its values are being restructured in response to the 21st-century pressures of massification and managerialism.

British Private Schools

Author: Geoffrey Walford
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113578325X
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British private schools are a continuing topic of fascination for many. In particular, the leading so-called public schools have long been subjected both to criticism for their elitism and praise for their academic success. Traditionally, Conservative governments have strongly supported the private sector through special funding such as the Assisted Places Scheme, while Labour governments have reduced the private sector's support from the state and threatened to abolish it. However, the present new Labour government has reversed Labour's former oppostion to private schools and sought co-operation between the two sectors. This has led to an increasing interest in the realities of the private schools; and this book brings together the best of recently conducted research on the various aspects of private schooling, through a series of specially commissioned, previously unpublished essays.

Structuring Mass Higher Education

Author: David Palfreyman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134092997
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Undoubtedly the most important development in higher education in recent years has been the seemingly inexorable expansion of national systems. In a comparatively short time period many countries have moved from an elite to a mass model. Furthermore, expansion has invariably changed the whole experience of higher education for all the interested parties from, presidents, rectors and vice-chancellors to first-term undergraduates. Structuring Mass Higher Education examines the impact of this change upon the existing national structures of higher education. It also defines and highlights what makes an ‘elite’ university – something which institutions must strive for in order to gain their position as global players. With case studies and contributions from a wide range of international authors, the book explores questions such as: Do higher education institutions retain a national significance, even though the vestiges of an international reputation have long faded? Has expansion undermined the quality of higher education because governments sought to expand "on the cheap"? Is the elite institutional response to mass higher education perceived as a threat to be responded to with purposeful action that sustains their elite status? Does the emergence of the international league tables pose a challenge to those responsible for governing elite institutions? These are critical issues with which both policy-makers and institutional leaders will have to grapple over the next ten years, making Structuring Mass Higher Education a timely, relevant, and much needed text. It will appeal to policy makers and practitioners within higher education as well as student and scholars worldwide.

Can Oxford be Improved

Author: Anthony Kenny
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In December 2006, dons at Oxford University caused turmoil by rejecting a set of governance reforms that were contained in a government white paper and championed by their own vice-chancellor. This book is a response to these events, addressed in large part to Oxford's funders ? government and benefactors ? and is essential reading for all with an interest in the future of this great university.

Beyond all reason

Author: Ronald Barnett
Publisher: Open University Press
ISBN: 9780335208937
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"stimulating and full of insight"British Journal of Educational Studies"a major work ... provocative, unsettling and profoundly challenging. I think it should be prescribed reading for all vice-chancellors."(Professor Colin Bundy, Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)"Ron Barnett's latest book lives up to, and possibly exceeds, the high standards he has set himself in his previous books - which are now established as the premier series of reflective books on higher education." (Professor Peter Scott, Vice-Chancellor, Kingston University)"Ron Barnett has produced a thought provoking volume that raises fundamental issues about higher education. It is essential reading for all who work in universities."(Professor Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor, University of Leicester)"a lively and engaging book which addresses the problems of the modern university from the perspective of modern social theory." Higher Education Review"The issues taken up in this book are significant to everyone in the academy, particularly those in leadership positions."Studies in Higher Education"This is a knowing, stimulating treatise that confronts some of the most difficult and complicated problems that universities face." Journal of Higher EducationUniversities are increasingly ideological. Many of the ideologies that are to be found on campus, such as entrepreneurialism, competition, quality and managerialism, express interests of the wider society but the university's own activities, such as research and even learning and teaching, are also becoming ideologies. Since ideologies are dogmatic in character, universities are being undermined and are being placed beyond all reason.How, then, might universities live effectively, beset as they are with ideologies in their midst? Indeed, is it still sensible to conceive of universities as places of reason? In Beyond All Reason, Ronald Barnett argues that ideology is now a fact of life in universities but that a positive way forward is within reach.Ideologies have been understood, rightly, as pernicious in nature, thwarting reason and the expression of human being. However, by returning to the ideals of reasonableness and generosity within the idea of the university, and by developing creative practices that build on those ideals, it is possible to construct virtuous idealogies that do justice to universities as universities in the twenty-first century.Beyond All Reason continues Ronald Barnett's attempts to show that it is still possible to hold to and to live out an idea of the university. It is a bold and optimistic statement and is required reading for anyone concerned about the current state of university life.