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The role of academic community in higher learning : Alternatives to a drive-thru education

Graham, Philip W. & Sunderland, Naomi (1998) The role of academic community in higher learning : Alternatives to a drive-thru education. In Proceedings of The Third Pacific Rim Conference, Auckland Institute of Technology, Auckland.

Abstract

The purpose of our paper is to illustrate the fundamental importance of developing academic community among first year students. We argue that a sense of academic community is of fundamental importance in combating the effects of the neo-liberal economic discourse on higher education, and that the values of higher education are incongruent with those of economic rationalism. The discursive commodification of the student, and of education itself, works against the formation of community, both within the university environment and in the wider society. We argue that, at present, the dominant discourse shaping the social practice of higher education is that of neo-liberal economics. Community values stand in opposition to the dominant discourse, and are integral to the long-term survival of a socially critical and socially responsive society. We conclude that the importance of establishing a sense of academic community during the first year of university is justified by its ultimate value to society.

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ID Code: 43765
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: higher education, neo-liberal economic, economic rationalism, commodification
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1998 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 03 Aug 2011 09:52
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2011 22:14

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