This cross disciplinary conference marks the launch of a
new project to provide a vigorous forum for the
examination and evaluation of university education.
Committed to the tradition of liberal education, the
inherent value of the pursuit of learning and the principle
that knowledge must be an end in itself, the forum will use
the conference series to broadly examine the nature and
aims of university education, its guiding principles, its
practical functions, and its role in society.
In particular papers, reports, presentations, and
workshops are invited on any of the following themes:
What a university should be; where the idea of what a
university is should come from; what higher education
'is'; what the aims of higher education should be; what
language best expresses the idea of education.
The nature of education; the role of liberal arts
education; 'instruction', 'training' and 'vocational training';
the changing roles of and between universities, colleges,
and polytechnics; the 'usefulness' of education; the
'value' of education; learning and distance learning;
learning and open learning.
The changing landscapes of education; 'students',
'pupils', 'learners' and 'customers'; 'lecturer', 'teacher',
'tutor', 'mentor'; the rise and impact of student services;
course review and evaluation; modularization; the costs
The 'business' of the university - academic freedom and
the rise of managerialism; wealth creation; intellectual
capital; intellectual copyright; knowledge and research;
knowledge and teaching; the preservation of knowledge in
libraries, museums, galleries; the diffusion of knowledge
through publishing, multimedia, and the Internet.
External issues impacting on education: funding
education; private sector involvement; government
involvement; Academic Audit; Research Assessment
Exercise; QAA; Teaching Quality Assessment.
Internal issues impacting on education: key skills,
transferable skills; access to education - ties with
schools; life-long education; adult education; returning to
learning; education as a 'right'; fees, grants, and loans.
The role of the university in society; the contexts of the
university; the needs of society; reconceiving the place
and work of the university.
Papers will be considered on related themes. 300 word
abstracts should be submitted by Friday 18th January
2002. Full draft papers should be submitted by Monday
11th March 2002.
The conference is sponsored by Inter-Disciplinary.Net and
Learning Solutions as part of the 'At the Interface'
programme. It aims to bring together people from different
areas and interests to share ideas and explore various
discussions which are innovative and exciting.
The project is to be supported by an e-mail discussion
group, ISSN e-journal, and dedicated ISBN publication
Selected papers accepted for and presented at the
conference will be published in themed volumes.
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