Staying alive in academia: collective praxis at work

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Title Staying alive in academia: collective praxis at work
Author Smith, Tracey; Salo, Petri; Grootenboer, Peter John
Journal Name Pedagogy, Culture and Society
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Internationally, as the twenty-first century unfolds, there is a burgeoning literature that documents the changing nature of academic work and workplaces. One recurring theme in this literature is the extent to which academic freedom and autonomy are being threatened in higher education settings. In this article, the nature of this ominous threat and what might be done about it are interrogated using praxis as a conceptual lens. On one meaning of praxis, we consider the actions of academics as individuals aiming for 'right conduct'; on a second meaning, we consider praxis as collective 'history-making action'. An analysis of the existing practices of researchers in two international settings revealed particular kinds of practice architectures – collective research practices – that have revitalised and sustained the working lives of these academics. The notion of collective praxis is suggested as a model of intellectual engagement for building communicative connections. It provides a strategic way forward both to enable academic freedom and autonomy and to benefit the institutions in which academics work.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14681360903556830
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Routledge. This is an electronic version of an article published in Pedagogy, Culture and Society, Volume 18, Issue 1, Pages 55-66. Pedagogy, Culture and Society is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com with the open URL of your article.
Volume 18
Issue Number 1
Page from 55
Page to 66
ISSN 1468-1366
Date Accessioned 2010-12-07
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Higher Education
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/38932
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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