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Policing the Subject: Learning Outcomes, Managerialism and Research in PCET

James Avis
British Journal of Educational Studies
Vol. 48, No. 1 (Mar., 2000), pp. 38-57
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1555846
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Abstract

This discussion paper examines the links between learning outcomes, managerialism and research into teaching and learning in further/higher education. It constructs a worse case scenario which explores the dangers flowing from a managerialist appropriation of both learning outcomes and research into teaching and learning. It suggests this leads to a technicised practice which limits creative and critical engagement with the curriculum. The paper calls for the development of an engaged and dialogic practice. This worst case scenario enables a consideration of conditions that would faciliatate the development of empowering practices.

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