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Quality in undergraduate education : how powerful knowledge disrupts inequality

Author: Monica McLean; Andrea Abbas; Paul Ashwin
Publisher: London, UK : Bloomsbury Academic, An imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2018. ©2018
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"Globally, the appetite for higher education is great, but what do students and societies gain? Quality in Undergraduate Education foregrounds the importance of knowledge acquisition at university. Many argue that university education is no longer a public good due to the costs incurred by students who are then motivated by the promise of lucrative employment rather than by studying a discipline for its own sake.  Read more...
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McLean, Monica, 1947-
Quality in undergraduate education.
London ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2018
(DLC) 2017042681
(OCoLC)1005811820
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Monica McLean; Andrea Abbas; Paul Ashwin
ISBN: 9781474214506 1474214509 9781474214513 1474214517
OCLC Number: 1005743098
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 258 pages)
Contents: University education, social inequality and powerful knowledge --
Introducing the four universities and departments --
The patterning of inequality in higher education --
The construction of high-quality university education --
The power of sociology-related knowledge --
Comparing sociology-related curricula: the pedagogic device --
The powerful equalising effects of knowledge --
Disciplinary identity and pedagogic rights --
Undergraduate education and futures lives --
Socially-just curriculum and pedagogy, quality and inequality.
Responsibility: Monica McLean, Andrea Abbas and Paul Ashwin.

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"Globally, the appetite for higher education is great, but what do students and societies gain? Quality in Undergraduate Education foregrounds the importance of knowledge acquisition at university. Many argue that university education is no longer a public good due to the costs incurred by students who are then motivated by the promise of lucrative employment rather than by studying a discipline for its own sake. McLean, Abbas and Ashwin, however, reveal a more complex picture and offer a way of thinking about good quality university education for all. Drawing on a study which focused on four sociology-related social science UK university departments of different reputation, the book shows that students value sociological knowledge because it gives them a framework to think about and act on understanding how individuals and society interact. Further, the authors discuss how what was learned from the study about how policy, curriculum and pedagogy might preserve and strengthen the personal and social gains of social science undergraduate education"--

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