Representations of a high-quality system of undergraduate education in English higher education policy documents

Ashwin, Paul and Abbas, Andrea and McLean, Monica (2015) Representations of a high-quality system of undergraduate education in English higher education policy documents. Studies in Higher Education, 40 (4). pp. 610-623. ISSN 1470-174X

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Abstract

This article examines the ways in which a high-quality system of undergraduate education is represented in recent policy documents from a range of actors interested in higher education. Drawing on Basil Bernstein's ideas, the authors conceptualise the policy documents as reflecting a struggle over competing views of quality that are expressed through pedagogic discourses. They identify two pedagogic discourses: a dominant market-oriented generic discourse and an alternative discourse that focuses on transformation. They argue that the market-oriented generic discourse is dominant because it is more coherent and more consistently presented than the alternative discourse, which is much more fractured. In conclusion, they argue that refocusing the alternative discourse of quality around students' relations to academic knowledge may offer a way in which to bring the different actors from the higher education field together in order to form a stronger, more cohesive voice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Studies in Higher Education 2015 http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03075079.2013.842211
Keywords: Higher education policy, Pedagogic discourse, Quality, Basil Bernstein, Undergraduate education
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2013.842211
Depositing User: Collier, Elanor
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2016 10:52
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2016 20:55
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/32478

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