Notes on the purpose of higher education (Class discussion – 20th September 2012)

We approached this topic as a group, initially discussing whose perspective we might consider this question from :

  • The learner.
  • The teacher.
  • The institution.
  • Society.

A variety of different outcomes were proposed, some positive, some negative..

  • Learning for life.
  • Development of skillset / toolbox / ideas / specialisms / potential.
  • Self development / a personal journey.
  • Access to communities of practice / Experience.
  • Preparation for proffessional practice.
  • A ‘safe’ bubble (within the educational environment).
  • Social networking
  • Qualification / validation (Exclusion of some!)
  • To turn a profit for investors.




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