Student as Producer: The Struggle for the Idea of the University

Mike Neary


I get my “idea of the university” from the University of Berlin, the first modern European University, founded in 1810. The significance of the University of Berlin is that it established the university as a site for the production of knowledge and meaning, for research more than teaching, although learning remained an important component of academic life. This was something different from John Henry Newman’s formulation. In Newman’s “Idea of the University” (1873/2015) the University is for teaching canonical work: the book, with its roots in the dogmatic theological concept of wisdom. “If the university is about research,” he asked “then why have students? ” (1873/2015, p. 1). My idea of the university is about the connection between research and teaching and collaboration and cooperation between teachers and students...


Student; student as producer; co-operation; higher education; Educational alternatives; progressive education; alternative education; difference; educational theory; educational philosophy; home education; education policy

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