By John Holmwood
The Browne file advocates, in influence, the privatisation of upper schooling in England. With the proposed removing of the present cap on scholar charges and the removing of nation investment from so much undergraduate measure programmes, universities are set for a interval of significant reorganisation now not visible because the better schooling reforms within the Sixties.
This ebook brings jointly many of the major figures in better schooling within the united kingdom to set out what they see because the function of the collage in public lifestyles. The e-book argues for a extra balanced realizing of the worth of universities than that defined within the Browne record. It advocates that they need to now not simply be visible when it comes to their contribution to monetary progress and the human capital of people but in addition when it comes to their contribution to the general public.
This e-book responds to the foremost debates that the Browne assessment and govt statements have sparked, with essays at the cultural importance of the collage, the function of the govt in investment study, inequality in better schooling, the position of quangos in public existence and where of social technology examine. it's a well timed, very important and thought of exploration of the position of the schools within the united kingdom and a reminder of what we must always price and defend in our larger schooling system.
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The danger is that formal rationality, rather than protecting, undermines substantive rationality through the development of extraneous measures of ‘excellence’ that then become the basis of novel incentive systems as in the UK’s Research Assessment Exercise. In pursuit of ‘world-class university’ status, the university is removed from its ties to national and local issues. We will have more to say about this below when we introduce the global context. The ascendancy of formal rationality in the regulation model feeds into the commercialization of the commodification model, making critical engagement all the more important.
Sustaining the autonomy of professional knowledge is the role of what I have called critical knowledge that depends on the existence of a community of scholars. Critical knowledge is the conscience of the community; it insists on maintaining the conditions of professional knowledge that it does not veer off into world of its own. It creates a community of discourse that transcends disciplines. Finally, public knowledge is the conversation between sociologists and wider publics about the broad direction of society and the consequences that might follow.
As soon as ‘expertise’ is defined in terms of the instrumentalization of knowledge, there arises the problem that it is aligned with interests and, thereby, a problem of trust. What is prescient is Dewey’s concern with the problem of expert publics and their relation to wider publics. As expertise is increasingly coproduced, so what seems to be attenuated is the role of the wider public. In a context where risks of concentrated activities – whether of nuclear power production or carbon-hungry economic profit-seeking, to give just two examples – are also seen to be widely (indeed, globally) distributed, those that are affected are displaced from participation in decisions about them.