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The Poverty of Skills Thinking in Higher Education


by Frank Furedi — September 12, 2013

This article explores and criticizes the ascendancy of skills thinking in Higher Education. Drawing on the experience of the United Kingdom and Europe it argues that the focus on skills acquisition in universities is paralleled by a tendency to devalue the intellectual content of academic subjects. Frequently this instrumental turn of education also leads to trivialization of the meaning of a skill.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 12, 2013
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17248, Date Accessed: 11/1/2014 3:29:31 AM

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