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ERIC Number: EJ892733
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1474-8460
Democracy, Knowledge and Critique: Rethinking European Universities beyond Tradition and the Market
Weymans, Wim
London Review of Education, v8 n2 p117-126 Jul 2010
In many European countries, universities are asked to become more market-oriented. Those who oppose this trend mostly invoke a traditional university ideal to make their case. This paper aims to look for a third way to conceptualise a university that is neither market-oriented nor traditionalist. It finds such an alternative by looking at a democratic culture in which knowledge remains indeterminate and subject to debate. It concretely demonstrates that this alternative view allows us to identify problematic aspects of contemporary discourses on universities, as exemplified by the European Commission's discourse. It ends by arguing that the alternative vision is more in tune with the grassroots reality of research and education than the market-oriented view.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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