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ERIC Number: EJ811795
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-1474-8460
The Language of Higher Education
Beecham, Rod
London Review of Education, v6 n2 p111-123 Jul 2008
Rhetoric, or persuasion, was recognised in classical times both as central to education and as dangerous when misused. Since the time of Kant, a feature of western thinking has been the creation of a special language to accompany a special idea. Making language prior to or separate from its referents is of its nature an authoritarian activity. The managerialist language which surrounds us today threatens to reduce higher education to a managerialist endeavour, to replace conversation in the discipline with empty managerialist phrases, and to disguise the commonplace in jargon. These are anti-educational manifestations which should be resisted. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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