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Neoliberalizam u visokom obrazovanju
Neoliberalism at Higher Education

Author(s): Marija Krešić
Subject(s): Higher Education , Sociology of Education, Philosophy of Education
Published by: Matica hrvatska Mostar
Keywords: neoliberalism; humanistic purpose; educational goals; higher education;

Summary/Abstract: The paper observes and critically analyzes the implications of neoliberal ideology in the field of higher education. In recent years neoliberalism is dominating in social, economic, political, cultural, and educational institutions around the world. Starting thesis is that neoliberalism has changed the purpose, structure, identity and priorities of higher education. While in the past the humanistic purpose of higher education prevailed, today economic terms such as efficiency, mobility, competitiveness, and the market are often used to define educational goals. Knowledge is understood as a product in the market, and students as consumers. The influences of neoliberal ideology in higher education needs to be critically considered. Questions are asked: What should be the purpose of higher education? What is the value of knowledge? Should knowledge be equally accessible to all according to ability? What values should be promoted in our education systems? Reducing educational goals only to economic ones diminishes the quality of education and question the humanistic ideal of education. If we want to have a society in which individuals will be self-actualized people who think critically and who are willing to actively participate in creating benefits for all citizens, educational policies in the field of higher education should align humanistic and economic goals.

  • Issue Year: 2020
  • Issue No: 30
  • Page Range: 77-86
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Croatian