Reflections on the Liberal University: Truth, citizenship and the role of the academic

Hammersley, Martyn (1992). Reflections on the Liberal University: Truth, citizenship and the role of the academic. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 2(2) pp. 165–183.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0962021920020204

Abstract

The starting point for this paper is the fact that the organisation and practice of higher education, and our ideas about it, are informed by conflicting ideals. I explore some of this conflict by looking in detail at what I call the liberal model of the university, and at two competitors to it that have gained increasing influence in recent years: the economic and ideological models. I examine the main criticisms of the liberal university, and what I believe to be its strengths in comparison with these other two models.

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