- Copyright Page
- Preface and Acknowledgements
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- The Description and Comparison of Societal Systems of Higher Education and University Management
- Criticality, Academic Autonomy, and Societal Progress
- Socializing Human Capital for Twenty-First Century Educational Goals: Suggestive Empirical Findings from Multinational Research
- Changing the Nature and Role of Universities: The Effects of Funding and Governance Reforms on Universities as Accountable Organizational Actors
- Recent Trends in East and West University Governance: Two Kinds of Hollowness
- Cycles of Evolution of Ideal Types of Universities: Causes and Consequences for the University Mission—The Case of Poland
- The Implications of a Diversifying Workforce for Institutional Governance and Management in Higher Education
- The Collegial Tradition in English Higher Education: What Is It, What Sustains It, and How Viable Is Its Future?
- Managing a University in Turbulent Times
- Critical Factors and Forces Influencing Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century
- A New World of Communications in Higher Education and Its Implications
- Leading in Higher Education
- Policy and Practice in University–Business Relations
- Macro Changes and the Implications for Equality and Social and Gender Justice in Higher Education
- Macro Changes and the Implications for Higher Education Research: A Case Study in the Health Sector and Graduate Practice
- Canada in a Global System of Higher Education: The Role of Community Engagement
- Developing and Maintaining Transnational Research Collaborations: A Case Study of Australian Universities
- Scholarship in the University: An Ecological Perspective
- Higher Education Finance: Global Realities, Policy Options, and Common Misunderstandings
- Educating for the Cooperative Society: The Role of Government in Building Human and Social Capital
- Educating for the Cooperative Society: The Role of Industry in Building Human and Social Capital
- Educating for the Cooperative Society: The Role of Universities, Research, and the Academic Professions in Fostering Good Citizenship
- Governments Need To, and Do, Trust Universities
- Education and Technological Unemployment in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
- Educating for the Innovative Society: The Role of Indian Institutes of Technology in India
- Policy Implications for Equity, Gender, and Widening Participation in Higher Education
- Reactions, Reflections, and Renewal: The Significance of Higher Education for Intellectual, Societal, and Personal Advancement
- Maintaining the Contribution of Higher Education to Societal Progress
Abstract and Keywords
The very idea of scholarship has taken something of a battering over recent years. In parallel, the term ‘scholarship’ itself—in the English language—has also faltered. This chapter explores this phenomenon but also examines the prospects for its re-energizing. Could it be that even if scholarship is becoming invisible at the moment, it might yet become more evident? The idea of scholarship is waning but perhaps it can emerge again as a possibly significant form of academic endeavour. It might even flower anew. That is the possibility that this chapter shall pursue here, and shall do so by advancing an idea of ecological scholarship.
Ronald Barnett is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at University College London Institute of Education (where he was both Dean of Professional Development and (subsequently) Pro- Director for Longer Term Strategy). In his academic work, in the early 1990s, he introduced the philosophy of higher education as a field of study and has since been advancing a social philosophy of the university, in which he has been attempting to identify creative concepts and practical principles that offer ways of enhancing universities and higher education. His more than thirty books include The Idea of Higher Education, The Limits of Competence, Realizing the University in an Age of Supercomplexity, and A Will to Learn: Being a Student in an Age of Uncertainty. He has recently completed a trilogy of books on understanding the university: Being a University (2011), Imagining the University (2013), and Understanding the University:Institution, Idea, Possibilities (2016). His latest book is The Ecological University: A Feasible Utopia (2018), which sets out his own idea of the university. His books have been translated into many languages and several have won prizes. He is also the author of over a hundred papers and well over another one hundred pieces of writing.
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