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Preparing higher education students for the new landscape of governance
Lund University.
Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment, Avdelningen för Pedagogik. Kristianstad University, Forskningsmiljön Forskning Relationell Pedagogik (FoRP).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4589-8243
2016 (English)In: Tertiary Education and Management, ISSN 1358-3883, E-ISSN 1573-1936, Vol. 22, no 3, 249-265 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Studies have demonstrated that neoliberal governance dismantles professionals' will to critique, counteracting efforts to improve quality by preventing professionals in all sectors of the labour market from grounding work in their professional convictions. Managing attempts at governance has therefore become an important professional competence. This paper investigates how higher education prepares students for work under neoliberal forms of control. How are they trained to analyse and describe the effects of governance and prepared to work with the standards, manuals and documentation that influence quality in their lines of work? 'Interruptive focus group conversations' were performed with students from various professional programmes at a Swedish university. Student reasoning about governance is explored using theories of governance and subjectification. The results demonstrate that students are aware of the ways in which their professions are governed, the need to conduct discretionary work, but do not have skills to deal with governance critically. This latitude for pedagogical intervention is underutilized.

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2016. Vol. 22, no 3, 249-265 p.
Keyword [en]
Discretion, governance, higher education programmes, neoliberalism, Sweden
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-16217DOI: 10.1080/13583883.2016.1196725ISI: 000384713900005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-16217DiVA: diva2:1040434
Available from: 2016-10-27 Created: 2016-10-27 Last updated: 2017-02-28Bibliographically approved

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