Student as Producer: The Struggle for the Idea of the University
Keywords:Student, student as producer, co-operation, higher education, Educational alternatives, progressive education, alternative education, difference, educational theory, educational philosophy, home education, education policy
I get my â€œidea of the universityâ€ 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 Newmanâ€™s formulation. In Newmanâ€™s â€œIdea of the Universityâ€ (1873/2015) the University is for teaching canonical work: the book, with its roots in the dogmatic theological concept of wisdom. â€œIf the university is about research,â€ he asked â€œthen why have students? â€ (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...
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