EBOOK: Quality And Power In Higher Education

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McGraw-Hill Education (UK), Apr 16, 2003 - Education - 224 pages
This book examines the power relationships that organize and facilitate quality assurance in higher education. It investigates power in terms of macro systems of accountability, surveillance and regulation, and uncovers the ways in which quality is experienced by academics and managers in higher education. Louise Morley reveals some of the hidden transcripts behind quality assurance and poses significant questions:

* What signs of quality in higher education are being performed and valued?
* What losses, gains, fears and anxieties are activated by the procedures?
* Is the culture of excellence resulting in mediocrity?

Quality and Power in Higher Education covers a wide range of issues including: the policy contexts, new managerialism, the costs of quality assurance, collegiality, peer review, gender and equity implications, occupational stress, commodification and consumer values in higher education, performance, league tables, benchmarking, increasing workloads and the long-term effects on the academy. It draws upon Morley's empirical work in the UK on international studies and on literature from sociology, higher education studies, organization studies and feminist theory. It is important reading for students and scholars of higher education policy and practice, and for university managers and policy-makers.


Chapter 1 The Policy Context of Quality in Higher Education
Chapter 2 How Quality is Assessed
Chapter 3 Managing Quality
Chapter 4 The Psychic Economy of Quality
Chapter 5 Changing Employment Regimes
Chapter 6 The Micropolitics of Quality
Chapter 7 Reconstructing Students as Consumers
Chapter 8 Equality
Chapter 9 Desiring Changes
The Society for Research into Higher Education
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About the author (2003)

Dr Louise Morley is Reader in Higher Education Studies at University of London Institute of Education, UK. She is Director of the Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES). Her previous posts were at the University of Sussex, the University of Reading and the Inner London Education Authority. Her research and publication interests focus on quality, equity, gender, power and empowerment in higher education.

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