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ERIC Number: EJ843810
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1011-3487
Knowledge Production as a Function of the Individual Institution's Idea of a University
Imenda, S. N.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v20 n2 p245-260 2006
This article looks at knowledge production in higher education (HE) from the point of view of how a given HE institution defines itself within the broader context of "the idea of a university". In this regard, the article makes a critical analysis and interpretation of the literature on the central question of "the idea of a university", and the bearing of this on knowledge production. An overview of the history of universities is given, followed by a reflection on the literature pertaining to the notion of "the idea of a university". This is done so as to contextualise what presently obtains with regard to conceptual types of universities around the world "vis-a-vis" the attendant knowledge to be pursued in the institution. In this regard, the article posits that the primary purpose/focus of knowledge and knowledge production will be a function of the given university's idea of itself. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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