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The new public management of higher education: teaching and learning

The new public management of higher education: teaching and learning

Brunskell-Evans, Heather (2012) The new public management of higher education: teaching and learning. In: Faulkner, Julie, (ed.) Disrupting Pedagogies in the Knowledge Society: Countering Conservative Norms with Creative Approaches. Premier Reference Source . IGI Global, Hershey, PA, USA, pp. 279-289. ISBN 9781613504956 (print), 9781613504963 (eISBN) (doi:

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This chapter explores the possibilities of Michel Foucault’s philosophical-political writings for practicing a “pedagogy of discomfort” in Higher Education (HE). Foucault’s method of genealogy and his concept of governmentality are used to reflect upon the dynamics of power underlying the government of HE in the United Kingdom, in particular the new modes of teaching and learning. The chapter has three inextricably entwined aims: it presents a genealogical history of the changing face of HE under the auspices of New Public Management (NPM) as a form of neo-liberal governmental disciplinary control; it describes the new modes of teaching and learning as examples of that control; and it argues that inherent in genealogical modes of analysis are possibilities and opportunities for educationists concerned with politically framed progressive action to develop pedagogical practices that disrupt or challenge the government of teaching and learning.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: [1] Chapter 21.
Uncontrolled Keywords: public management,higher education, teaching, learning
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Education
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