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Developing the educated citizen: changing frameworks for the roles of Universities in Europe and England
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science, Child and Youth education, Special Education and Counselling.
School of Public Policy and Professional Practice, Keele University, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG, United Kingdom.
2014 (English)In: Annales, Series Historia et Sociologia, ISSN 1408-5348, Vol. 24, no 3, 371-382 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores questions of citizenship and the role of universities in the context of the policy changes in the UK and in Europe over the last two decades. Twenty five years after the political transitions in Eastern Europe, and 70 years since the end of the Second World War, Europe is more united than ever before. New political, social and economic configurations across the continent are bringing expectations and pressures to its citizens and institutions, with universities at the front of many economic and social projects. What do these new conditions mean for citizenship in the context of European universities, and how do member states respond to this changing context? The article will use England as a national case study within the EU to illustrate the tensions between the humanistic visions still carried out by many universities, although interpreted differently across the sector, and the pressures for the creation of the ‘knowledge economy’ that are shared at the national and transnational levels.

Abstract [it]

L’articolo tratta le questioni, legate alla cittadinanza e al ruolo delle universita nel contesto dei cambiamenti politici in Europa e nel Regno Unito negli ultimi due decenni. Venticinque anni dopo la transizione politica nell’Europa orientale e 70 anni dalla fine della II Guerra Mondiale l’Europa e piu unita che mai. Le nuove condizioni politiche, sociali, economiche sull’intero continente creano nuove pressioni e attese che si trasmettono sui cittadini e sulle istituzioni, mettendo le universita a capo di numerosi progetti economici o sociali. Ma che cosa rappresentano in realta queste nuove condizioni per la cittadinanza nel contesto delle universita europee e come gli Stati membri dell’Unione Europea rispondono alle condizioni che cambiano? L’articolo tratta queste tematiche sull’esempio dell’Inghilterra come sistema di istruzione devoluto del Regno Unito all’interno del territorio comunitario. L’esempio dell’Inghilterra presenta le tensioni tra le idee umanistiche all’interno di alcune universita e le pressioni riguardanti la creazione dell’“economia della conoscenza”, che caratterizzano il territorio nazionale e transnazionale nel campo dell’istruzione.

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Slovenia, 2014. Vol. 24, no 3, 371-382 p.
Keyword [en]
citizenship, European Union policy, English higher education, labour market and universities
Keyword [it]
cittadinanza, politiche europee, formazione superiore Inghilterra, mercato del lavoro, università
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Pedagogical Work
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educational work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-96794OAI: diva2:768312
Available from: 2014-12-03 Created: 2014-12-03 Last updated: 2015-01-07Bibliographically approved

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