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ERIC Number: EJ818289
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 33
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1546
The State-Sponsored Student Entrepreneur
Mars, Matthew M.; Slaughter, Sheila; Rhoades, Gary
Journal of Higher Education, v79 n6 p638-670 Nov-Dec 2008
This paper introduces the emergent role of the state-sponsored student entrepreneur within the academic capitalist knowledge/learning regime. Drawing on two clarifying cases of such entrepreneurship, the study explores the shifting boundaries between public and private sectors, the creation of new circuits of knowledge, and the entrepreneurial learning environments that are revealed. An important modification and extension of Slaughter and Rhoades' (2004) theory of academic capitalism is provided in casting students not simply as targets and victims of this trend but as active entrepreneurial agents who in important ways point to how deeply embedded the regime has come to be. The sample cases reveal a situation in which students learn content and entrepreneurial strategies from faculty members, tap into university expertise and infrastructure in the form of important interstitial units and personnel, and become partners with faculty in commercial ventures. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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