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ERIC Number: EJ1153255
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1560
Employability, Managerialism, and Performativity in Higher Education: A Relational Perspective
Kalfa, Senia; Taksa, Lucy
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, v74 n4 p687-699 Oct 2017
This article combines Bourdieu's concepts of field, habitus and cultural capital with Lyotard's account of performativity to construct a three-tiered framework in order to explore how managerialism has affected the academic habitus. Specifically, this article examines the adoption of group assignments as a means of developing teamwork skills in one Australian case study organisation. On a macrolevel, by viewing the employability imperative as one manifestation of managerialism in the higher education field, we argue that managerialism has created a performative culture in the case study organisation evidenced by an increasing emphasis on performance indicators. On a mesolevel, by examining how academics use group assessments to respond to demands made by governments and employers for "employable graduates", we highlight the continuity of academic habitus. Finally, on a microlevel by drawing on alumni reflections regarding their experiences of group assessments at university, we are able to shed some light on their evaluation of this pedagogical tool.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia