ERIC Number: EJ883498
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Skills for Sale: What Is Being Commodified in Higher Education?
Journal of Further and Higher Education, v34 n2 p199-206 May 2010
"Commodification" is a sociological term that has become widely adopted as part of the higher education lexicon. It has been argued that an increased emphasis on the commercial relevance of university courses is anathema to the values of the academy, resulting from the widespread adoption of neo-liberal policies towards education. This article will discuss the use of the word commodification in this context, with particular emphasis on its economic roots. It will identify three models of commodification derived from the literature and use these to attempt an understanding of what it is that universities are selling. Finally, the article will examine the use of the term commodification within the broader debate about the purpose of higher education.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Economic Factors, College Role, Marketing, Certification, Skill Development, Job Skills, Knowledge Level, Free Enterprise System
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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