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ERIC Number: EJ1175671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1560
Conceptions of the Value of Higher Education in a Measured Market
Tomlinson, Michael
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, v75 n4 p711-727 Apr 2018
A critical analysis is developed of the dominant meanings of value in marketised higher education. In policy terms, this has become informed by the logics of the measured market whereby value has become synonymous with economic return and institutional accountability. The notion of value is one which permeates many discussions on the purpose of higher education and the perceived benefits it confers onto individuals and society as a whole. This, however, remains largely implicit and unearthing the specific meaning of value (and values) clearly presents challenges. This article critically examines a variety of concepts relevant to discussion of the value of higher education, including the relationship between value and quality, consumerism, goods and performativity. In each case, it unpacks their meanings and implications for the relationship between students and institutions, particularly at a time when this is seen to be increasingly transactional. It then outlines an alternative value framing to the utilitarian 'value for money' so prevalent in much market-driven policy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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