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ERIC Number: EJ1229720
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3108
Different Universities, Different Temporalities: Placing the Acceleration of Academic Life in Context
Telling, Kathryn
Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, v23 n4 p132-137 2019
A growing body of literature is encouraging academics to slow down their academic work as a way of managing the acceleration of university life. Little attention, however, has been paid to the important differences in temporalities among different sorts of higher education institutions, and the effect this is likely to have upon the sense of acceleration and, crucially, the capacity to resist it. This article discusses interview data with academics at a particularly 'fast' academic site, drawn from a broader comparative study of three very different sorts of institution. It argues that the culture at this university is fundamentally structured around the principle of rapid change, in marked contrast to both more research-intensive "and" more teaching-intensive institutions. Any advice about the management of change must, I argue, take into account the specifics of institutional situations as well as broader structural causes of institutional difference, if it is to prove effective.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)