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The Idea of Higher Education Ronald Barnett

The Idea of Higher Education

Ronald Barnett

Published May 1st 1990
ISBN : 9780335094202
Paperback
258 pages
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Despite an increasing volume of talk about and a growing literature on higher education, very little of it asks the question - what, in essence is higher education? The tradition of overarching thinking about higher education - from Newman onwards -MoreDespite an increasing volume of talk about and a growing literature on higher education, very little of it asks the question - what, in essence is higher education? The tradition of overarching thinking about higher education - from Newman onwards - has almost vanished. The debate has focused, instead, on technical, administrative, financial and narrow academic concerns and the terms of discussion have been framed by concepts such as efficiency, unit costs, access and the needs of industry - none of which focus on higher education as such. There is, therefore, a need for the aims of higher education to be restated in modern terms.