oa Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning (CriSTaL) - Researching Student Learning in Higher Education. A Social Realist Approach, J.M. Case : book review
Higher education systems around the world are complex, multi-layered beasts, increasingly influenced, particularly in the Western, Anglophone world, by discourses of efficiency, managerialism, and the 'knowledge economy'. Universities and colleges are increasingly called upon to produce work-ready and able graduates, and industry writ large often bemoans the lack of 'skills' and 'knowledge' on the part of graduates, turning back to universities to ask for more 'responsive' curricula and teaching approaches. From the top down, and the bottom up, university managers, lecturers, administrators and students are grappling with the complexities of, on the one hand, students gaining access to a university (and ensuring the access to the means to stay there long enough to graduate), and on the other hand, ensuring the successful graduation (and employment) of those students.
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