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ERIC Number: EJ818063
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 45
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0953-9964
Criticizing the Image of the Student as Consumer: Examining Legal Trends and Administrative Responses in the US and UK
Kaye, Tim; Bickel, Robert R.; Birtwistle, Tim
Education and the Law, v18 n2-3 p85-129 Jun 2006
There is widespread concern that higher education is being compromised by being turned into a "commodity" to be "consumed". This article represents an initial attempt to explore the trends in both the UK and US, and considers how the law has responded to them. It argues, however, that there is an important distinction to be drawn between "commodification" and "consumerism". Education has always been a commodity to be bought and sold; the true danger lies in the move to a "rights-based" culture where students (and politicians) see education merely as something to be "consumed" rather than as an activity in which to participate. Whilst the law seems thus far to have been something of a bulwark against this movement, it remains an open question as to whether this will continue to be the case if HEIs do not themselves act more proactively in challenging this damaging view of higher education. (Contains 158 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United States