ERIC Number: EJ1024328
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Student Representation in University Decision Making: Good Reasons, a New Lens?
Luescher-Mamashela, Thierry M.
Studies in Higher Education, v38 n10 p1442-1456 2013
This article outlines the main cases for and related objections against student representation in university governance found in the relevant literature, and proposes a way in which variations in student representation within institutions may be understood and justified. It contextualises the modern origins of student representation in the experience of university democratisation of the 1960s and early 1970s. By means of a review of scholarship, it outlines the various "good reasons" for and against student representation in relation to the most prevalent justifications: i.e. the politically-realist, consumerist, communitarian and democratic and consequentialist cases for student representation. The article then outlines how these complementary and contradictory positions may serve as a complex set of criteria or "lens" for analysing and justifying the representation of students in various domains of university decision making.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, College Administration, Governance, Decision Making, College Students, Universities, Student Participation, Student College Relationship, Activism, Educational History, Leadership Styles, Political Issues, Student Role, Democracy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa