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ERIC Number: EJ766249
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 28
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0951-5224
Has Academic Freedom Survived? An Interview Study of the Conditions for Researchers in an Era of Paradigmatic Change
Bennich-Bjorkman, Li
Higher Education Quarterly, v61 n3 p334-361 Jul 2007
European universities are being shaken by two revolutions. One is a radical change in the way research is funded, the other is the increased emphasis on the teaching role of the universities. This interview study examines what effects these radical institutional changes have had on academic freedom. Based on a small number of in-depth interviews with Swedish researchers in various disciplines, different posts, active either at an ancient or a new university, the study explores the concept and content of academic freedom, the current prospects for its survival and the effect of changes in funding on the content of research and research process as such. The results suggest that the institutional changes, not least in the way the funding system is organised, are having a determinate impact on the behaviour of academics, while academic freedom as a norm still thrives in the research community as a whole.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden