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ERIC Number: EJ870532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-0962-0214
Further and Higher Education Markets' Cushions: Portability of Policy and Potential to Pay
Darmanin, Mary
International Studies in Sociology of Education, v19 n3-4 p175-201 Sep-Dec 2009
This article explores the coincidence of global, supranational and local demands on a small EU member state. Pressures to open up an internal and external market in further and higher education (F&HE) derive from outside the local education state, most notably from the "knowledge" economy's competition imperative, from the obligations of EU membership regarding employment and Research and Development and from local demands for labour market growth. Normatively employing neoliberal market discourses, lead actors provide a number of cushions for the market, which include not only disinvestment and commodification, but also (ir)regulation, through the delays in establishing a regulatory framework, leading to a specific spatio-temporal fix. Using the metaphor of a "two-goal cushion", this article asks whether the cushions themselves may not lead to the jeopardy of F&HE goals, especially regarding access, quality and increased Research Development Training and Innovation (RDTi)? Here, the portability of competitive market F&HE policies from the supranational to the local, and from the local ICT training industry to the tertiary education sector, provide evidence not only of "cushions", but also of how F&HE "market" policy is traded between discursive sites and scales. (Contains 65 notes, 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malta