Universities are at a pivotal point in their history and are undergoing dramatic changes. One of the more significant of these changes is the move towards more instrumental programs of learning, as manifest, for instance, in workplace approaches to learning. This paper argues that this trend threatens the existence of the liberal university that was isolated from the economy and where knowledge was acquired for virtue rather than utility. This university is being superseded by the vocationalised university in which the dominant educational imperative is learning for employment. It is argued that the emergence of this new form of the university is evident in the symbolic economy surrounding higher education, in its advertising and promotional stratagems.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Australian Journal of Education|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 1999|