The Re-thinking of University Education

By Andrew Armitage.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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The last two decades have pushed creativity and individual genius to the margins whereby children who display an enquiring mind that goes beyond the boundaries of the national curriculum and learning outcomes are regarded as “troublemakers” who do not fit in. We have stifled and failed those who are in need of intellectual challenges that go beyond the “course text book” by systemising and “procedurising” education in production like packages. The education system has “unlearned” society how to think critically by the continuous quest for examination success and certified status. We have reached the stage where education itself has become “uncritical” and has alienated teachers, lecturers, administrators and researchers from the true quest of its endeavours – that of free thought and expression, innovation, tolerance, equity, justice, integrity, rigour and transparency.
This “uncritical” stance I argue has beset business education since the 1960’s, when its focus has been primarily on outputs not suited to the needs of those of who they purport to serve, a point eloquently made by C Wright Mills in his seminal publication “The Sociological Imagination”. The criticism that business management lacks relevance to real world problems is not founded solely by my personal perceptions but upon some fundamental themes that have been propounded in the name of “academic utility” that pervades business education and qualifications.

Keywords: Creativity, Crtical Thinking, The Self-methodolgist

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 2, Issue 6, pp.127-136. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.143MB).

Dr. Andrew Armitage

Senior Lecturer Programme Leader Doctoral Stuidies, AIBS, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, Essex, UK

Dr. Andrew Armitage is programme director for Postgraduate Training at the Ashcroft International Business School and a tutor for the Open University MBA B852 Research Methods course. He teaches management development and research methods on a diverse range of postgraduate programmes both in the UK and abroad. His research interests are High Performance Working and Wellbeing, and Critical Management Studies. Andrew has also published research and conference papers on the use of Structured Literature Reviews and the and the autobiographical approach as a method of collecting and reporting research data.


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