Universities in Transition

Universities in Transition

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Universities are social universes in their own right. They are the site of multiple, complex and diverse social relations, identities, communities, knowledges and practices. At the heart of this book are people enrolling at university for the first time and entering into the broad variety of social relations and contexts entailed in their a€˜coming to knowa€™ at, of and through university. For some time now the terms a€˜transition to universitya€™ and a€˜first-year experiencea€™ have been at the centre of discussion and discourse at, and about, Australian universities. For those university administrators, researchers and teachers involved, this focus has been framed by a number of interlinked factors ranging from social justice concerns to the hard economic realities confronting the contemporary corporatising university. In the midst of changing global economic conditions affecting the international student market, as well as shifting domestic politics surrounding university funding, the equation of dollars with student numbers has remained a constant, and has kept universitiesa€™ attention on the current a€˜three Rsa€™ of higher education a€” recruitment, retention, reward a€” and, in particular, on the critical phase of studentsa€™ entry into the tertiary institution environment. By recasting a€˜the transition to universitya€™ as simultaneously and necessarily entailing a transition of university a€” indeed universities a€” and of their many and varied constitutive relations, structures and practices, the contributors to this book seek to reconceptualise the a€˜first-year experiencea€™ in terms of multiple and dynamic processes of dialogue and exchange amongst all participants. They interrogate taken-for-granted understandings of what a€˜the universitya€™ is, and consider what universities might yet become.Published in Adelaide by University of Adelaide Press The University of Adelaide Level 14, 115 Grenfell Street South Australia 5005 ... to the Universitya#39;s best research by publishing works through the internet as free downloads and for sale as high quality printed volumes. ... (ebook: epub) 978-1-922064-84.4 ISBN ( ebook: kindle) 978-1-922064-85-1 Editor: Rebecca Burton Editorial support: Julia Kelleranbsp;...

Title:Universities in Transition
Author:Heather Brook, Deane Fergie, Michael Maeorg, Dee Michell
Publisher:University of Adelaide Press - 2014-12-01


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