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ERIC Number: EJ929656
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1366
Staying Alive in Academia: Collective Praxis at Work
Smith, Tracey; Salo, Petri; Grootenboer, Peter
Pedagogy, Culture and Society, v18 n1 p55-66 2010
Internationally, as the twenty-first century unfolds, there is a burgeoning literature that documents the changing nature of academic work and workplaces. One recurring theme in this literature is the extent to which academic freedom and autonomy are being threatened in higher education settings. In this article, the nature of this ominous threat and what might be done about it are interrogated using "praxis" as a conceptual lens. On one meaning of praxis, we consider the actions of academics as individuals aiming for "right conduct"; on a second meaning, we consider praxis as collective "history-making action". An analysis of the existing practices of researchers in two international settings revealed particular kinds of practice architectures--collective research practices--that have revitalised and sustained the working lives of these academics. The notion of collective praxis is suggested as a model of intellectual engagement for building communicative connections. It provides a strategic way forward both to enable academic freedom and autonomy and to benefit the institutions in which academics work.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Finland; Iceland; Norway; Sweden