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ERIC Number: EJ949181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0939
Running Risks of Gender Inequity: Knowledge Transfer Policy in Australian Higher Education
Gaze, Beth; Stevens, Carolyn
Journal of Education Policy, v26 n5 p621-639 2011
Knowledge transfer (KT), or third stream activities of universities, has attracted attention from funding and regulatory bodies in recent years. While approaches differ from country to country, moves to improve measurement and monitoring of such activities with a view to encourage or better direct it have occurred in several settings. This article analyses some issues arising from moves to define and measure KT in an Australian university. There are tensions between approaches to definition and measurement that focus on research commercialisation and those that acknowledge the benefit derived from broader activities of universities. We argue that budgetary pressures which focus attention on commercialisation can lead to the adoption of KT policy that is likely to have harmful consequences for academic staff in the long term. In particular, policy with a priority on commercial benefit has the potential to reinforce the existing disadvantage of female staff by according lower value to work directed to public or community benefit, and focusing on successful outcomes rather than the time and effort needed for KT development. These issues need to be considered in developing policy to define and measure KT. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia