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Furthering alternative cultures of valuation in higher education research

Downs, Yvonne (2017) Furthering alternative cultures of valuation in higher education research. Cambridge Journal of Education, 47 (1). pp. 37-51. ISSN 0305-764X

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The value of higher education is often implicit or assumed in educational research. The underlying and antecedent premises that shape and influence debates about value remain unchallenged which perpetuates the dominant, but limiting, terms of the debate and fosters reductionism. I proceed on the premise that analyses of value are not self–supporting or self-referential but are embedded within prevailing cultures of valuation. I contend that challenging, and providing alternatives to, dominant narratives of higher education requires an appreciation of those cultures. I therefore highlight some of the existing cultures of valuation and their influence. I then propose Sayer’s concept of lay normativity as a culture of valuation and discuss how it translates into the practices of research into higher education, specifically the practice of analysis. I animate the discussion by detecting the presence of lay normativity in the evaluative space of the capability approach.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Schools: Huddersfield Business School
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Depositing User: Yvonne Novakovic
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2015 16:35
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 17:43


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