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Sociological Barriers to Community Engagement with Higher Education Institutions

Globally there is a discussion around the unsustainable ways which humans are living on the planet and everyone is told that they play an important role in meeting the challenges which are now at our doorstep.  There is international consensus that climate breakdown and the problems of unsustainable ways of living and being on the planet must be addressed on a system wide, community wide and individual level. Read more

Is Alternative Education The Route To Utopia? Alex Dunedin Responds to Hina Suleman’s Questions

One of the joys of having been involved in doing Ragged University is getting to meet so many people who love learning and who are invested in analysing the differing aspects of doing education in various ways.  I had the pleasure of meeting the inspirational Hina Suleman at Liverpool John Moore’s University where she was involved in doing a session with students exploring ways of approaching teaching and learning. Read more

Education as Human Development

This thesis is an expanded version of a presentation ‘Education as Human Development; Rewilding and Saving Social Mammals from the Ostricism of the Market’ given at the British Educational Research Association conference held in Liverpool John Moores University which had the theme of ‘Transitions: Challenges, Threats & Opportunities across the Post-compulsory Sectors’. Read more

What is Informal Education ? Alex Dunedin Shares Ideas With Students at John Moores University

This is material which accompanies a presentation given at Liverpool John Moores University as a part of a module created by Craig Hammond and Angie Daly which focuses on informal education.  I was asked to give different perspectives on education outside and beyond formal educational settings and the session was recorded which you can listen to.  This articule is to accompany the discussion and provide some materials for reflection.

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Challenging Consumerism Through Education As Human Development

The culture of transforming everything into products to be ‘consumed by the market’ is manifesting itself as a global pathology. This feverish trend is destroying long standing communities of practice in education (Kezar and Eckel, 2002) which have been built upon collegiality and information sharing imposing competition (Carson, Bartneck & Voges, 2013) and secrecy into the terrain (Walsh & Hong, 2003). This is a symptom of a growing epidemic (OECD, 2009). Read more

Consuming Education; BERA Panel on Challenges, Threats & Opportunities across the Post-compulsory Sectors

On the 8th of November 2018, the British Educational Research Association (BERA) held a conference at Liverpool John Moores University on the theme of ‘Transitions: Challenges, Threats & Opportunities across the Post-compulsory Sectors‘.  I (Alex Dunedin) was lucky enough to be invited to both take part in a panel discussion on the themes and to submit a paper.  Read more

Student as Consumer: A Sign of a Global Pathology of Consuming the World

The process of transforming the world into products to be consumed is presenting itself as a global pathology. It is a kind of ‘locust economy’ initiated through unaccountable agents and algorithm driven stockmarkets which move through the world consuming everything for profit before moving on. We are evermore set up and posed as consumers as managerial echelons normalise the surreal imposition of new semiotics on our identities as human beings. Read more

Class, Opportunity and the Lesser Minds Problem; A Ragged University Response

What follows is an annotated and extended version of a paper which was accepted for publication in PRISM journal. PRISM is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that fosters innovative approaches to progressing critical thinking in all areas of teaching and learning. You can find the edition in which this paper is published by following THIS LINK. Read more