Knowledge and Creative Tension in the New Zealand University

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dc.contributor.advisor Rata, E en
dc.contributor.advisor McPhail, G en Adelekan, Temitope en 2020-06-03T21:57:35Z en 2020 en
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dc.description.abstract This study aims to examine and explain the hypothesised knowledge tension post-1980 to the present day in the New Zealand University. This is a period when new global forces such as globalisation of education, internationalisation of education, global market in higher education, global economic reformation, public management in education, and global rankings began to exert an influence on the forms of knowledge valued for the global economy. These influences appear to have resulted in a marked shift towards knowledge being increasingly regarded as something that must be fundamentally linked to economic purposes. I adopted a social realist three steps approach (theoretical conceptualisation, policy document analysis, and empirical study – involving three New Zealand Universities) and a historical approach to explore and explain a shift that I hypothesise has occurred in the value accorded to knowledge. I identify a tension between the symbolic and the economic purposes of knowledge, which I theorise as a knowledge dialectic – an expression of a deeper creative tension – the potential for a conciliatory mode/knowledge synthesis approach. I argue that this knowledge dialectic is located in the humanising-instrumentalising purposes of knowledge and can be seen in how the connection between the two knowledge forms (theoretical/procedural) and types of education (liberal/vocational) are played out in university education. I hope that this study may contribute to a broader understanding of the changing purposes and roles of universities by providing insights into the way in which knowledge is valued within this period of global economic change; and also to encourage discussion about the purposes of the university to arrive at a new knowledge synthesis/conciliatory mode between the types and forms of knowledge. en
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dc.relation.ispartof PhD Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99265290910602091 en
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dc.title Knowledge and Creative Tension in the New Zealand University en
dc.type Thesis en Education en The University of Auckland en Doctoral en PhD en
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pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2020-06-04 en

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