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ERIC Number: EJ1049084
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0951-5224
Dualisms in Higher Education: A Critique of Their Influence and Effect
Macfarlane, Bruce
Higher Education Quarterly, v69 n1 p101-118 Jan 2015
Dualisms pervade the language of higher education research providing an over-simplified roadmap to the field. However, the lazy logic of their popular appeal supports the perpetuation of erroneous and often outdated assumptions about the nature of modern higher education. This paper explores nine commonly occurring dualisms: collegiality/managerialism, student-centred/teacher-centred, deep learning/surface learning, academics/non-academics; research/teaching, old universities/new universities, liberal/vocational, public universities/private universities and higher education/further education. Illustrated by reference to a range of international contexts, it is argued that over-reliance on dualisms among higher education scholars has adverse effects including narrowing the possibilities of research design and inhibiting intellectual advancement within the field.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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