The Community of Workers' University: A Pragmatic Institution for the Future?
Article first published online: 9 JAN 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Higher Education Quarterly © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Higher Education Quarterly
Volume 66, Issue 1, pages 90–105, January 2012
How to Cite
Gibbs, P. and Costley, C. (2012), The Community of Workers' University: A Pragmatic Institution for the Future?. Higher Education Quarterly, 66: 90–105. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2273.2011.00507.x
- Issue published online: 9 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 9 JAN 2012
The identity of the worker foregrounds the development of higher education rather than the other way around. It is developed in contrast to the lack of higher education innovation in the recent UK Government White Paper on Higher Education and in the educational philosophy of Tawney and the neo-pragmaticism of Rorty. The proposal is that higher learning, after capabilities have been nurtured in compulsory schooling, may be developed through communities of workers acting as agent for improvement of their communities; not in universities at all. This is a radical approach to higher education and employment and one that might bring true diversity to the higher education sector.