The idea of the university
PublisherCentre for Independent Studies Limited
University of Melbourne Author/sSharrock, Geoff
AffiliationMelbourne Graduate School of Education, LH Martin Institute
Document TypeBook Review
CitationsSharrock, G. (2004). The idea of the university. [Review of the book Off course: from public place to marketplace at Melbourne University]. Policy, 20(1), 44-49.
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Off course: from public place to marketplace at Melbourne University by John Cain & John Hewitt. Melbourne: Scribe Publications, 2004. ISBN 1920769099
In their book on how Melbourne University has ‘lost its way’, John Cain and John Hewitt provide a rich snapshot of an institution in transition. They document a host of dissonances afflicting Australian universities generally, and show how confusing recent changes have been for many who work there. This is the book’s main strength. Its weaknesses are that it is prone to errors of fact and interpretation; and as a critique of the present situation, it rounds up the usual concepts and targets the usual suspects. In consequence, it offers no convincing solutions.
KeywordsUniversity of Melbourne; critique; higher education; Australia
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