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Absence of the academic from higher education policy

Sabri, Duna (2010) Absence of the academic from higher education policy. Journal of Education Policy, 25 (2). pp. 191-205. ISSN 1464-5106

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Sabri, Duna

This article argues that the individual academic is all but absent from the assumptive worlds of policymakers in UK higher education. It is taken for granted in research on academic identity that those who work in higher education as teachers and researchers refer to themselves as, and indeed are referred to by others as, ‘academics’. Evidence is drawn from a study of policymakers in the UK to demonstrate that the word ‘academic’ is not a part of the lexicon of higher education policymaking. Moreover, the concept of the academic is cast into shade by an overwhelming emphasis on ‘the student experience’, and, from another direction, by a location of professional academic accountability at the level of the higher education institution rather than the individual. The article concludes with an exploration of what work this absence of the academic in policy does in disrupting the possibilities for engagement between the worlds of academia and policymaking and in perpetuating the discourses of marketisation and new management in higher education. It also suggests understanding the assumptive worlds of policymakers is a crucial counterbalance to a growing body of literature on academic responses to change, some of which has tended towards the self‐referential.

Official Website: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02680930903428648
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: critical discourse analysis, academic identity, HE policy
Your affiliations with UAL: Research Groups > Pedagogic Research
Date: 1 April 2010
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1080/02680930903428648
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2019 11:06
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2019 11:06
Item ID: 14827
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/14827

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