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@article{f0d7710f45534b808fe8c6b38f09d786,
title = "Discourses of ‘equivalence’ in HE and notions of student engagement: resisting the neoliberal university",
abstract = "There is no shortage of analysis of marketization and the theorizing of the student as consumer/customer and how this impacts on notions of student engagement. This compelling - but largely academic - analysis forms the starting point for any investigation into the possibilities for resistance to the current hegemonic view of education and learning as commodities.An example of this is the discourse of 'equivalence' in education arising from the converting of experience into academic currency linked to employability. An adjunct to the commodification and marketization of education is the growing role of academic credit awarded for work experience in HE in which work becomes part of commodified learning valued in terms of its exchange value in academia and ultimately employment. The discourse of equivalence conflates parity of this exchange value with parity of use value of the learning and serves to obfuscate the distinctiveness of learning and student engagement in different contexts and the inherent contradictions therein, yet it is these contradictions which could create scope and spaces for resistance.Against the background of academic understanding of marketization/neo-liberal hegemony, the authors suggest that the very notion of ‘student engagement’ becomes problematic and argue for wider, societal discussion of concepts of ‘engagement’ and ‘resistance’ in the academy",
author = "Jon Berry and Nadia Edmond",
note = "Copyright {\circledC} 2014 Nadia Edmond and Jon Berry. This is an open access journal article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits the unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited",
year = "2014",
doi = "10.7190/seejv3i2.90",
language = "English",
volume = "3",
journal = "Student Engagement and Experience Journal.",
number = "2",

}

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Discourses of ‘equivalence’ in HE and notions of student engagement

T2 - resisting the neoliberal university

AU - Berry, Jon

AU - Edmond, Nadia

N1 - Copyright © 2014 Nadia Edmond and Jon Berry. This is an open access journal article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits the unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited

PY - 2014

Y1 - 2014

N2 - There is no shortage of analysis of marketization and the theorizing of the student as consumer/customer and how this impacts on notions of student engagement. This compelling - but largely academic - analysis forms the starting point for any investigation into the possibilities for resistance to the current hegemonic view of education and learning as commodities.An example of this is the discourse of 'equivalence' in education arising from the converting of experience into academic currency linked to employability. An adjunct to the commodification and marketization of education is the growing role of academic credit awarded for work experience in HE in which work becomes part of commodified learning valued in terms of its exchange value in academia and ultimately employment. The discourse of equivalence conflates parity of this exchange value with parity of use value of the learning and serves to obfuscate the distinctiveness of learning and student engagement in different contexts and the inherent contradictions therein, yet it is these contradictions which could create scope and spaces for resistance.Against the background of academic understanding of marketization/neo-liberal hegemony, the authors suggest that the very notion of ‘student engagement’ becomes problematic and argue for wider, societal discussion of concepts of ‘engagement’ and ‘resistance’ in the academy

AB - There is no shortage of analysis of marketization and the theorizing of the student as consumer/customer and how this impacts on notions of student engagement. This compelling - but largely academic - analysis forms the starting point for any investigation into the possibilities for resistance to the current hegemonic view of education and learning as commodities.An example of this is the discourse of 'equivalence' in education arising from the converting of experience into academic currency linked to employability. An adjunct to the commodification and marketization of education is the growing role of academic credit awarded for work experience in HE in which work becomes part of commodified learning valued in terms of its exchange value in academia and ultimately employment. The discourse of equivalence conflates parity of this exchange value with parity of use value of the learning and serves to obfuscate the distinctiveness of learning and student engagement in different contexts and the inherent contradictions therein, yet it is these contradictions which could create scope and spaces for resistance.Against the background of academic understanding of marketization/neo-liberal hegemony, the authors suggest that the very notion of ‘student engagement’ becomes problematic and argue for wider, societal discussion of concepts of ‘engagement’ and ‘resistance’ in the academy

U2 - 10.7190/seejv3i2.90

DO - 10.7190/seejv3i2.90

M3 - Article

VL - 3

JO - Student Engagement and Experience Journal.

JF - Student Engagement and Experience Journal.

IS - 2

ER -