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The public role of the university reconsidered

Waghid, Yusef

Today, higher education has become a commodity in the global education market aiming to serve the knowledge society through 'the production, transmission and dissemination of high-quality knowledge' (Simons, 2006, 33). One cannot dispute the economic importance of higher education, but to see the university as performing only this economic function is a misplaced and indefensible idea. In this article the author argues that the university (its academics and graduates) has a role to play in cultivating democratic action and that this can most appropriately be done by reconsidering its civic role in relation to critical reasoning, social justice and deliberation with others.

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Document Title: The public role of the university reconsidered
Journal: Perspectives in Education
Volume: 26
Issue: 1
No. of Pages: 19-24

Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:South Africa
Keywords:Role of Higher Education, South African Universities, Commodification of Learning, Social justice, Critical Thinking

File Size:174 KB
Rights:Permission to use this paper was granted by the author and publisher
Date Added:25 June 2008

Waghid, Yusef (2008). The public role of the university reconsidered, Perspectives in Education , 26(1):19-24