quarta-feira, 21 de fevereiro de 2018

Mais do que uma questão de status

"(...) non-academic professional positions (...) in Portuguese tertiary education institutions tend to have a lower status and fewer resources attached to them than equivalent positions in tertiary education institutions in many OECD countries. As qualified professional staff with adequate authority and resources are crucial to the development and implementation of effective institutional strategies, this comparative under-resourcing is problematic."

em "OECD Review of the Tertiary Education , Research and Innovation System in Portugal - Summary document", for offical use, 5 fevereiro 2018.

Outras escritas "invisíveis" em http://notasdasuperficie.blogspot.pt/2017/04/os-invisiveis.html.

sexta-feira, 16 de fevereiro de 2018

And the winner is ...


Um modo de estar.
Um modo de pensar.
Uma cultura que se cria.
Uma prática que se espalha.
A todas as escalas.
A todas as áreas.

Leituras para refletir.

"The “European Excellence Initiative” has been proposed by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (...). Several sectors across the world have used excellence initiatives to pump huge amounts of funding into a select number of institutions with the aim of turbocharging their research performance."

"The HRK added that “a great deal of support was expressed for the concept”, which would be the first initiative to provide institution-level funding for universities from the EU, at the strategy event."

"Horst Hippler, president of the HRK, told Times Higher Education that the scheme would be aimed in particular at “those member states that want to catch up and increase the competitiveness of their higher education systems”."

Em: "University leaders push for Europe-wide excellence initiative"

"(...) higher education can be seen to be caught up in a kind of magical thinking which fetishes competition. There appears to be a modern-day magical belief that competition in higher education will provide the solution to all the unsolved problems of higher education (...). Competition is perceived as an independent force that is viewed as a ‘natural’ phenomenon which appears of its own accord. The invisible hand of competition appears to provide the means by which no-one is responsible at the same time as veiling social processes and negative consequences."

"The authors observe that while the discourse appears to create a global meritocracy, the war for talent embroils universities in intensifying competition for status, in which social justice and broader purposes of education suffer."

"The ‘naturalisation’ of competition has become a ‘doxa’ or an unquestionable orthodoxy that operates at all levels of society, from individual perceptions and practices to state policy, as if it was the natural order of things."

"It would also be important to develop research that investigates the conditions under which innovation in higher education occurs in order to investigate and perhaps challenge the imputed link between innovation and market-based competition. The entire history of publicly funded higher education across the world stands against this argument."

Rajani Naidoo (2016) The competition fetish in higher education: varieties, animators and consequences, British Journal of Sociology of Education, 37:1, 1-10, DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2015.1116209