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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

A Discussion of Justice in Relation to Crime and the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act

“Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is of systems of thought. A theory however elegant and economical must be rejected or revised if it is untrue; likewise laws and institutions no matter how efficient and well-arranged must be reformed or abolished if they are unjust. Each person possesses an inviolability founded on justice that even the welfare of society as a whole cannot override. Read more

Education, The Way to Rehabilitation by Mark Humphries

Prison can raise many images in our minds. While you might not have given prisons a great deal of thought, I can assure you that when you hear about them on the news, or read about them in your newspaper an image or two appears in you mind. It might be that you see Ronnie Barker in Porridge, or you might have the media presented images of holiday centres, or places of continued rioting going through your mind. 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