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Education, Creativity and “The highest purposes in life”

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“If we’re going to die when we graduate, isn’t it what we do before that counts?” Spoken by a character in “An Education” (2009) – shown on BBC4 last night. Last week we wrote about the achievements of Coventry University … Continue reading

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Coventry University – challenging the system? With new forms of pedagogy?

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Could this be a sign of the times? Coventry University has nudged past many of its Russell Group peers to reach the highest position ever achieved by a former polytechnic in the Guardian league table of universities. Coventry reached number … Continue reading

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“More than a checklist of competences” – Guardian editorial on education

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Still feeling dismayed by the hard-line ‘traditionalist’ element at the London Festival of Education (#LFE15) we invite readers to insert the word ‘schools’ wherever ‘universities’ and ‘higher education’ occur in this recent Guardian editorial: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/27/guardian-view-on-higher-education-beyond-bean-counters The noble idea that a … Continue reading

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The Profit of Education

What is education for? Is it for the younger generations to “profit” from a holistic learning experience that enables them to live and learn as young people now and adults in the future? Is that the “profit”? Or is it … Continue reading

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Ivory Towers Spurned?

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Britain is not the only country where tough questions are currently being asked about the future of higher education and the purposes of universities and university education. The London Observer newspaper and Chinadaily.com this week carried an article originally published … Continue reading

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The Public Philosopher

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In recent blogs we’ve tried to discuss the centrality of education to all our futures, the purpose of education, the possibility of lifelong learning, and the role of public intellectuals in our society. Should philosophers and intellectuals appear on television … Continue reading

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Welcome to the desktop degree…

There’s food for thought in the following article in the Guardian for everyone involved in education at any level. “Traditional teaching methods” and the role of computers and the Internet in education are issues that are continuously under scrutiny and … Continue reading

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