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University education as a public service

University education as a public service

Ainley, Patrick (2007) University education as a public service. In: Gokulsing, K. Moti, (ed.) The new shape of university education in England: interdisciplinary essays. The Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, NY, USA / Lampeter, Wales, pp. 177-192. ISBN 978-0-7734-5268-8

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There is no tradition of public service in large parts of English higher education. This is because historically HE in England has seen itself as independent of the state and unaccountable to the public for its twin roles of research and teaching. These serve its own interests conceived as advancing knowledge and ensuring the continued transmission of that knowledge to future generations. The dominance of this conception explains the so-called ‘academic community’s’ Gaderene rush to abandon free HE in England. Resistance to preserve and extend public service HE will therefore predictably come mainly from former-local authority further and higher education institutions.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: [1] Chapter 9, in Part Two: Social Inclusion Issues.
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education, further education, public service, privatisation, fees, research, academic community
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Education
School of Education > Department of Education & Community Studies
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