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Finding value in the university

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In the field of higher education Newman has been dismissed as irrelevant and out of date. Ronald Barnett, for example, is highly critical of his ‘value-laden’ vision of a particular kind of university. This article seeks to consider the question of values more carefully, suggesting that Newman’s writings do have strong resonances for us today especially with regard to the importance he attaches to judgement and to communities of practice, neither of which are value-free. The first part of the article sets out in brief Newman’s central ideas, first those relating to education in, The Idea of a University, followed by his broader philosophical position of the nature of reasoning and understanding, as argued in an Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent The second part considers these thoughts in relation to the contemporary university.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Education, Roehampton University, London,

Publication date: December 1, 2013

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