ERIC Number: EJ1016922
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
The Bolivarian University of Venezuela: A Radical Alternative in the Global Field of Higher Education?
Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, v6 n1 p3-25 Spr 2013
This article discusses paradoxes in the emergent global field of higher education as reflected in an alternative model of the university--the Bolivarian University of Venezuela (UBV) and the related higher education policy, Mision Sucre. With its credo in the applied social sciences, its commitment to popular pedagogy and its dependence on extensive fieldwork with communities, UBV offers an alternative model of science and research at the service of society. Drawing on my ongoing research on this university (since 2008), I present the difficulties which the homogenising standards of a global field of higher education pose to a rapidly developing mass public university in a semiperipheral country. I focus on the difficulty of developing evaluation procedures for UBV as this exposes contradictions which are both unique to this new university model and common for a world system of higher education.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Standards, Evaluation Methods, Institutional Evaluation, Models, Educational Change
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Venezuela