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‘Insane with courage’: free university experiments and the struggle for higher education in historical perspective

Amsler, Sarah

Authors

SARAH AMSLER Sarah.Amsler@nottingham.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Education



Abstract

This article considers the role of experiments in learning in movements to democratise higher education ‘under the rule of capital’ (Gutierrez, Navarro and Linsalata 2017). It focuses on the emergence of a new generation of ‘free universities’ in the United Kingdom, situating these in a historical tradition of educational experimentation and a current context of global movements for autonomy from the state, capital and dominating epistemologies. It argues that free universities can contribute to transforming the relationship between knowledge, university and society, but that these contributions are often invisible within the logic of the dominant institutional systems. Conceptualising the projects as struggles for autonomy renders these contributions visible and valuable for educational reformers working both within and independently of the university.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 1, 2017
Journal Learning and Teaching
Print ISSN 1755-2273
Electronic ISSN 1755-2281
Publisher Berghahn Journals
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 1
APA6 Citation Amsler, S. (2017). ‘Insane with courage’: free university experiments and the struggle for higher education in historical perspective. Learning and Teaching, 10(1), https://doi.org/10.3167/latiss.2017.100102
DOI https://doi.org/10.3167/latiss.2017.100102
Keywords autonomous education; educational experimentation; free universities; neoliberalism; public higher education
Publisher URL http://www.berghahnjournals.com/abstract/journals/latiss/10/1/latiss100102.xml
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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