The supposed demise of Fordism

implications for distance education and higher education

Mick Campion, William Renner

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The recent shift in Australian Government policy for Distance Education at the Higher Education level, as intimated by the increasing usage of the notion, Open Learning, is outlined. Such an emphasis on Open Learning contrasts markedly with the concerted effort to centralise and rationalise distance education in the late 1980s. This shift is related to a more general debate concerning the restructuring of industry which is formulated using an analysis grounded in the conceptualisation of Fordism, its crisis and its likely successor. The complex and contested nature of the debate about Fordism is revealed, as is its important connection with postmodernism. The relevance of this broader debate to higher education is then displayed and linked to the particular place of academic staff and their opportunity and ability to influence future policy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-28
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Distance Education Technologies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1992
Externally publishedYes

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