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Knowledge, globalization, and the purpose of higher education

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How do trends in globalization and the struggles of higher education institutions to stay competitive in an era of knowledge economies intersect with the notion of education as a liberating force? This is the question that is traced through a case study analysis of a pro-seminar course and two cohorts of doctoral students in an international education program. Utilizing a philosophical framework that outlines the epistemologies and ideologies that underlie shifting notions of the very purpose of higher education, this paper forefronts graduate student perspectives on the motivations and objectives entailed in the pursuance of a doctorate degree in education in today's world. The research methodology for this paper includes unstructured interviews and focus group discussions, as well as a critical discourse analysis of a pro-seminar syllabus and course outline. Using this context, the paper draws links between the neoliberal forces that are dictating the direction of universities in their definition and design of educational mandates; the recruitment and attraction of international doctoral students into market competitive doctoral programs; and the shifting role of higher education in modern (Western) society. The purpose of this piece is to raise critical questions regarding the philosophical underpinnings of higher education in the current era of globalization, and to move towards a conscientization of students and the politics of our role as future academics, scholars, practitioners, and activists in the age of the knowledge economy.
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Han, Lily. "Knowledge, globalization, and the purpose of higher education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 01, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p486410_index.html>

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Han, L. , 2011-05-01 "Knowledge, globalization, and the purpose of higher education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p486410_index.html

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Abstract: How do trends in globalization and the struggles of higher education institutions to stay competitive in an era of knowledge economies intersect with the notion of education as a liberating force? This is the question that is traced through a case study analysis of a pro-seminar course and two cohorts of doctoral students in an international education program. Utilizing a philosophical framework that outlines the epistemologies and ideologies that underlie shifting notions of the very purpose of higher education, this paper forefronts graduate student perspectives on the motivations and objectives entailed in the pursuance of a doctorate degree in education in today's world. The research methodology for this paper includes unstructured interviews and focus group discussions, as well as a critical discourse analysis of a pro-seminar syllabus and course outline. Using this context, the paper draws links between the neoliberal forces that are dictating the direction of universities in their definition and design of educational mandates; the recruitment and attraction of international doctoral students into market competitive doctoral programs; and the shifting role of higher education in modern (Western) society. The purpose of this piece is to raise critical questions regarding the philosophical underpinnings of higher education in the current era of globalization, and to move towards a conscientization of students and the politics of our role as future academics, scholars, practitioners, and activists in the age of the knowledge economy.


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