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Preparing higher education students for the new landscape of governance

Author:
  • Carola Aili
  • Lars-Erik Nilsson
Publishing year: 2016-07-02
Language: English
Pages: 249-265
Publication/Series: Tertiary Education and Management
Volume: 22
Issue: 3
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Routledge

Abstract english

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.
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.

Keywords

  • Educational Sciences
  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
  • discretion
  • governance of professions
  • HIGHER EDUCATION
  • Sweden
  • Neoliberalism

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Published
  • ISSN: 1358-3883
Carola Aili
E-mail: carola [dot] aili [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se

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Background

Carola Aili is a senior lecturer in Education; learning and work life. She holds a doctoral degree in Education from Stockholm University.

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