Publications by Year: 2021

2021
Nuno Teixeira, P., and M. Klemenčič. 2021. “Valuing the Civic Role of University Education in an Age of Competition and Rapid Change”. Pp. 145-151 in Valuing the Civic Role of University Education in an Age of Competition and Rapid Change. Dordrecht: Springer, Cham. Publisher's VersionAbstract
In recent decades the discourse about higher education (HE) has been dominated by an instrumentalist view that emphasized the labour market benefits for graduates and the net (social) returns to tax payers for the public funding of HE (Psacharopoulos and Patrinos 2010). Nonetheless, HE’s contribution to students’ development and life is much broader than that through several non-market benefits to graduates, including improved health, improved education prospects for children, and greater longevity (see McMahon 2009). Furthermore, the effects of HE are visible in many civic dimensions, such as strengthened citizenship and civic mindedness and participation in democratic institutions. Thus, in this chapter, we discuss the significance of the civic contribution of HE beyond a narrow version of economic effects and on education practices that foster students’ civic mindedness and civic engagement.
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