Blogger friend of mine who resides in the UK, Martin Hughes of The University Blog, has had the fantastic opportunity to contribute a Chapter to a book on higher education. And you can access that book, Blue Skies , right here!
What a wonderful opportunity to read about the global paradigm shift to an emphasis on You~ the student, as the centre for policy planning and curriculum and other training delivery practices.
Hughes’ Chapter, Why contradiction is (and always will be) higher education’s great strength celebrates the plural environment of higher ed in the 21st century and the creative energy that is brought to educational character, due to contradictions inherent in a collective of differences.
Public funding is decreasing for universities. Specialisation may be sought as the key to sustainability, however, such a narrow range of ‘products’ could trade academic identity and sense of discovery, for hegemony through marketisation. Hughes points out that diversity is at work here, and inclusion of commodification as an option will enhance competition and overall collaboration.
He promotes ‘creative leadership’ (p. 52) which is a flexibility in approach to plan implementations rather than goal focused; is open to continuous change; and is a measurable construct.
Education as a concept is subjective and covers such varied purposes that universities cannot help but compete “on status rather than educational effectiveness” (Browne, 2010 cited in Hughes, 2008 ).
Hughes introduces the Reader to Lincoln’s Student as Producer, active learning by participating in research activities is promoted; student as academic adventurer rather than consumer.
Focus moves from subjects and qualifications to a way of being (Hughes, 2008, p. 53).
PSI Tutor:Mentor is excited to be surfing on the crest of this remapping of academic literacies and cultures. Our service adds to the higher education diversity from the private business sector. External study support and counselling aid for tertiary students in the social sciences (amongst others) is shown to be needed (we are collecting survey data this year), appreciated, challenging to design and deliver.
In higher education, there is definitly a place for additional time and resources to be invested in additional curriculum tutoring, academic identity development and counselling/mentor support and referral services.
What is your take on the book? On Martin’s Chapter?