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Imagining the university

Author: Ronald Barnett
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2013.
Series: New studies in critical realism and education.
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"Despite both positive and negative perceptions of the current state of higher education, the contemporary debate over what it is to be a university is limited. Most of all, it is limited imaginatively. The range of imagined options is narrow. The imagination has not been given anything even approaching a wide scope. As a result, our sense as to what a university could be and could become in the modern age is itself  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Barnett, Ronald, 1947-
Imagining the university.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2013
(DLC) 2012028005
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald Barnett
ISBN: 1135098441 9781135098445 9780203072103 0203072103
OCLC Number: 826685138
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 188 pages).
Contents: Cover; Imagining the University; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I: Imagining the University; 1. Losing, and Regaining, the Imagination; 2. Perchance to Dream; 3. Valuing the Imagination; Part II: Structuring the Imagination; 4. Axes of the Imagination; 5. Sightings of the Imagination; Part III: Forms of the Imagination; 6. The Ideological Imagination; 7. The Dystopian Imagination; 8. The Persuasive Imagination; 9. The Utopian Imagination; Part IV: Being Imaginative; 10. Criteria of Adequacy; 11. Imagining the Ecological University. 12. The Imaginative UniversityCoda: A Forgetting of Air?; Glossary of Key Concepts; Notes; Bibliography; Subject Index; Name Index.
Series Title: New studies in critical realism and education.
Responsibility: Ronald Barnett.
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"Despite both positive and negative perceptions of the current state of higher education, the contemporary debate over what it is to be a university is limited. Most of all, it is limited imaginatively. The range of imagined options is narrow. The imagination has not been given anything even approaching a wide scope. As a result, our sense as to what a university could be and could become in the modern age is itself impoverished. If we are seriously to develop a wide range of ideas of the university that is adequate to the challenges of the modern world, the imagination itself needs to be freed. Imagining the University seeks to address each of these sets of issues and will do so by first, identifying a very wide range of ideas of the university as it is now unfolding and could become; secondly, by evaluating those conceptions of the university with a classification of ideas of the university; and thirdly, by reflecting on the imagination itself, its current impoverishment and its possibilities. Whether studying, researching or deciding policy, this book is vital reading to all those involved in the planning and delivery of higher education"--

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