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ERIC Number: ED382101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 207
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-335-19341-2
The Limits of Competence: Knowledge, Higher Education and Society.
Barnett, Ronald
This book is an exploration of the changing definitions of knowledge competence held to be valuable in universities. The central argument is that one ideology, that of academic competence, is being displaced with another ideology, that of operational competence. The book begins by considering the relationships among higher education, knowledge, and society. It examines ideas that constitute the dominant ideology of curriculum, such as competence and capability. It then focuses on some ideas either disappearing from public debate or defunct as apparently unworthy of serious attention, including understanding, critical thought, interdisciplinarity, and wisdom. The final section places the two ideologies of competence--operational and academic--against each other and sketches an alternative definition of human being. This idea of human being is relatively unconstrained by sectional interests, contains a sense of knowing not derived from mere instrumentality, and looks to promote human beings in situations and conditions unimaginable because the human beings concerned will be doing the imagining. (Contains approximately 180 references.) (JDD)
Open University Press, 1900 Frost Rd., Suite 101, Bristol, PA 19007 ($27).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research into Higher Education, Ltd., London (England).
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A