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ERIC Number: EJ1132969
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0729-4360
Target-Setting, Early-Career Academic Identities and the Measurement Culture of UK Higher Education
Smith, Jan
Higher Education Research and Development, v36 n3 p597-611 2017
Early-career academics are subject to a barrage of formal measurements when they secure a first academic post in a UK university. To support this process, guidance is provided by universities on what is measured, though this can lack disciplinary nuance. This article analyses the perceptions of a sample of social scientists of the process of target-setting during their academic probationary periods, showing that the perceived surveillance regime legitimates particular academic identities. I show how, for those who took part in this study, the currently instantiated competitive UK measurement culture can produce conformative subjects who frustrate institutional rhetoric.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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