Transformations in Research Higher Education and the Academic Market

Author: Sharon Rider
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9400752490
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This volume tackles head-on the controversy regarding the tensions between the principles underlying Academe on the one hand, and the free market on the other. Its outspoken thesis posits that seemingly irresistible institutional pressures are betraying a core principle of the Enlightenment: that the free pursuit of knowledge is of the highest value in its own right. As ‘market principles’ are forced on universities, inducing a neoteric culture of ‘managerialism’, many worry that the very characteristics that made European higher education in particular such a success are being eroded and replaced by ideological opportunism and economic expediency. Richly interdisciplinary, the anthology explores a wealth of issues such as the phenomenon of bibliometrics (linking an institution’s success to the volume and visibility of publications produced). Many argue that the use of such indicators to measure scientific value is inimical to the time-consuming complexities of genuine truth-seeking. A number of the greatest discoveries and innovations in the history of science, such as Newton’s laws of mechanics or the Mendelian laws of inheritance, might never have seen the light of day if today’s system of determining and defining the form and content of science had dominated. With analytical perspectives from political science, economics, philosophy and media studies, the collection interrogates, for example, the doctrine of graduate employability that exerts such a powerful influence on course type and structure, especially on technical and professional training. In contrast, the liberal arts must choose between adaptation to the dictates of employability strategies or wither away as enrollments dwindle and resources evaporate. Research projects and aims have also become an area of controversy, with many governments now assessing the value of proposals in terms of assumed commercial benefits. The contributors argue that these changes, as well as ‘reforms’ in the managerial and administrative structures in tertiary education, constitute a radical break with the previous ontology of science and scholarship: a change in its very character, and not merely its form. It shows that the ‘scientific thinking’ students, researchers, and scholars are encouraged to adopt is undergoing a rapid shift in conceptual content, with significant consequences not only for science, but also for the society of which it is a part.

Neoliberalism Critical Pedagogy and Education

Author: Ravi Kumar
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131733518X
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This volume examines the role of neoliberalism and its impact on education in South Asia. It contends that education is in a state of crisis across the world. This is reflected not only in the way the state has withdrawn to pave way for private capital but also in the manner in which knowledge and ways of understanding the world are being challenged by manipulation and adverse influences. A process of ‘factoryisation’ is underway as disciplining of human minds and redefinition of the purpose of human existence are being geared to fall in line with the needs of private capital. The book brings together incisive contributions from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal to explore newer possibilities to deal with the educational crisis, and looks at a range of critical themes in education: pedagogy, teacher–learner relationship, teacher education, the state of the university, and policy. Rich in content, critical and insightful, this book will be a valuable addition for scholars and researchers of education and education policy, sociology, public policy and South Asian Studies.

The Death of a Scientist

Author: Alexander Vapirev
Publisher: PublishDrive
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Have you ever thought of getting a PhD in Awesomeness? Well, better read the fineprint first. The contemporary University has become to a certain extent a corporation-type of establishment where education and diplomas have unfortunately been turned into a mere trade commodity. And that is particularly true for the highest university degree - the infamous PhD. The book describes the sad reality shrouding the doctoral degree and the postdoctoral training based on the personal experiences of the author - from the lies and myths fed to PhD students and postdocs about a career in academia to the struggle and humiliation one faces afterwards when attempting to switch to industry. Today, most of the doctoral programs have been accommodated to the benefit of the university, rather than to what all those enthusiastic young people need in order to enter the dynamic job market battlefield as winners. Academia has become a conveyor-belt PhD factory disregarding any sustainable demand-and-supply strategies. The result is an over-flooded PhD job market and huge underemployment rates among doctorate holders who after graduation enjoy worse than worst social recognition, many of them forced to leave behind their main field of study and branch out. Life as an academic postdoc, academic advisors, job insecurity, career prospects, mental issues, discrimination, women in science, funding, trends in university management, higher education dynamics, government policies - it is all here with references to published research, international surveys, and census data. And it is not at all pink baby-unicorns and fluffy rainbows.

Globalization and education

Author: Nelly P. Stromquist
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
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The effects of globalization have long been dealt with in terms of economic and technological consequences, but what about the influence on education? Though still not a precise concept, what we understand as globalization is bringing forth numerous and profound changes in the economic, cultural, and political life of nations. With increased opportunities for interaction and learning, education around the world is rapidly becoming transformed. The essays contained in this comprehensive yet readable book, strive to provide a thorough examination of the impact these changes are having on how education is defined, whom it serves, and how it is assessed around the world.

Sociological Abstracts

Author: Leo P. Chall
Format: PDF, Mobi
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CSA Sociological Abstracts abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,800+ serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers.

Bibliographic Guide to Education

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... lists publications cataloged by Teachers College, Columbia University, supplemented by ... The Research Libraries of The New York Publica Library.