I have just submitted a paper for my ‘Theoretical Perspectives on Learning and Teaching in Higher Education’ module, part of the MA in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: “Changing Purposes and Priorities in Higher Education”. It’s a 5500 word essay on the university in a supercomplex age, Ronald Barnett provides core theory while other voices babble around him.
Plagued with self doubt about the academic merit of it (or me), I have nevertheless succumbed to writing about what I am interested and motivated in, rather than ‘mark chasing’. The price might be high (a 60, not a 75) but I have done the majority of this MA as ‘APEL’ – Accredited Prior Experiential Learning – so it is impossible to gain a distinction anyway. As an aside – being a fairly competitive person, this has prompted interesting chatter about the nature of the academic game. I believe Academia is a game, with first, second, third, and indeed last in class. This probably interferes with a lot of worthy work and thinking, clouding otherwise meritorious writing with superfluous terminology, references and ‘guff’.
So, here’s the paper, without further guff and excuses attached:
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