Title

Rethinking the neoliberal university and its impact on students

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Academic Language and Learning

Publisher

Journal of Academic Language and Learning

School

Learning Support / Centre for Learning and Teaching

RAS ID

32457

Comments

Kelly, A. (2020). Rethinking the neoliberal university and its impact on students. Journal of Academic Language & Learning, 14(2), C1-C6. https://journal.aall.org.au/index.php/jall/article/view/623

Abstract

One of the most thought-provoking presentations at the 2019 Academic Language and Learning Conference was De Maio and Desierto’s paper about neoliberalism and its impact on higher education. The topic certainly sparked much interest amongst delegates; the presentation was well attended, and audience comments about the need to resist neoliberalism were met with almost unanimous applause. Appeals for resistance are also certainly well established in the current literature (van der Walt, 2017; Rustin, 2016; Berg, Huijbens & Larsen, 2016; Mountz et al., 2015). Saunders (2007), for instance, suggested that academics must ‘confront’ and ‘remedy problems’ that stem from neoliberal policies in order to regain control of educational institutions, whereas Giroux (2017) went a step further and described the tension between neoliberalism and higher education as a ‘war’. In no uncertain terms, these arguments read like a call to arms for educational revolution.

Access Rights

free_to_read

Research Themes

Society and Culture

Priority Areas

Diverse, equitable, informed and productive communities, schools and workplaces

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