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The politics of student engagement

Lookup NU author(s): Dr David Walker


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Student engagement (SE) is currently a significant focus of attention in Higher Education (HE), but its underlying political character and the broader political-economic context have been overlooked. SE has not been considered from the perspective of the Idea' of the university. Bringing together the literature on SE, the marketisation of HE and the Idea' of the university, we argue that current policies and practices are based on a one-dimensional conception, which neglects the crucial elements of cognitive and emotional engagement, and that this both reflects and reinforces an economic utilitarian conception of the university and a consumer model of student identity.

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Author(s): Milburn-Shaw H, Walker D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Politics

Year: 2017

Volume: 37

Issue: 1

Pages: 52-66

Print publication date: 01/02/2017

Online publication date: 20/05/2016

Acceptance date: 15/10/2015

ISSN (print): 0263-3957

ISSN (electronic): 1467-9256

Publisher: Sage


DOI: 10.1177/0263395715626157


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