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ERIC Number: EJ1096647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1474-0222
Facilitating University Education: A View from the North
Wiewiura, Joachim S.
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v15 n2 p223-230 Apr 2016
In this small essay, I will reflect on Michael Bérubé and Jennifer Ruth's arguments on the decline of educational professionalism in the United States. The purpose is to consider this loss of professionalism, and I will consider it in light of the arts and humanities in the Danish educational debate. Two reflections are presented: first, the customer relation is reversed in a Scandinavian context where students are politically demanded products rather than informed customers. This implies that universities' output serve political agendas. Second, I suggest that the Scandinavian conception of equality in welfare might entail an inexpedient side-effect when it comes to education. Equality becomes alignment rather than educative edification of individual and, in consequence, communal autonomy. This jeopardises the historically fruitful role of the Scandinavian university--and ultimately caters to a shift from edification to serving interests that are beyond the professional heart of arts and humanities in higher education. [For Michael Bérubé and Jennifer Ruth's "The Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom: Three Necessary Arguments--A Forum," see EJ1096657.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark; United States
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