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- DescriptionConsuming Higher Education explores the status of students within the university and society, and the funding and purpose of higher education, drawing on empirical data, UK and USA government policy documents, speeches by policy makers and media representations of students. Joanna Williams moves beyond the debates surrounding fees to consider the impact of the consumption model on universities, learning, kwledge, and student identity. While consumer status initially appears to empower students, Williams argues that it ultimately erodes students' automy and reduces learning to an instrumental focus on credit accumulation. At the same time, in giving students consumer status, lecturers are encouraged to avoid intellectually or emotionally challenging content so as t to upset student consumers, which could promote dissatisfaction. Williams draws these themes and arguments together to consider what it means to be a student and to explore alternative conceptions of higher education.
- Author BiographyJoanna Williams is a Lecturer in Higher Education and Academic Practice at the University of Kent, UK.
- Author(s)Arthur L. Wilson,Joanna Williams
- PublisherContinuum Publishing Corporation
- Date of Publication22/11/2012
- SubjectAdult & Further Education
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintContinuum Publishing Corporation
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight310 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine28 mm
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