Akademisk kvalitet, vad är det? : Om utarmningen av den akademiska autonomin

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Title Akademisk kvalitet, vad är det? : Om utarmningen av den akademiska autonomin
Author(s) Droppe, Adam ; Söderfeldt, Björn
Date 2010
English abstract
What is Academic Quality? On the Decline of Academic Autonomy In light of the transformations that universities currently undergo, with Bologna as a keyword, the following questions are put: What ideals lie behind the assessment of academic “excellence” and “quality”? Who are the agents having the ability to define what is good science and education today? These questions are approached through Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of field. Looking at the development during the last decade, traditional academic values, such as the ideals of universal knowledge as (personal and collective) enrichment and of intellectual independence “of all political authority and economic power”, as stated in the Magna Charta Universitatum, seem to have been pushed into the shadow of employability, knowledge control, competitiveness, and economic benefit. In connection with the formation of concepts such as “the knowledge society” and “knowledge based economies” the university has received a somewhat different and more central role in society. The university has come to take the role more of a knowledge producing enterprise clearly directed towards the surrounding society. There are higher demands on academic knowledge to contribute to economic, regional or national development and competitiveness. When the university is regarded as a knowledge company whose task is to account for the requests of the students, the labour market, and the business world it undertakes to follow trends and short term social trends rather than to critically examine them, which has been a traditional task for the university. If the academic work is guided by the market economy principle, that clients decide what quality is, instead of experts on the academic field (i.e. the scientists,) it is obviously not scientific ideals that constitute the criteria for what is good science and education.
Host/Issue Sociologisk Forskning;3
Volume 47
ISSN 0038-0342
Pages 57-73
Language swe (iso)
Subject(s) Academic autonomy
The Bologna process
Research policy
Education policy
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/11523 (link to this page)

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