Performativity and enjoyable learning

HUMBERSTONE, B, BEARD, Colin and CLAYTON, B (2011). Performativity and enjoyable learning. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 1-16.

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Link to published version:: 10.1080/0309877X.2011.645452

Abstract

This paper takes critical lenses to interpret what students find enjoyable in their learning in specific ‘subject’ environments within the prevailing socio-economic climate in higher education. It considers student dispositions that emerged from dialogues with two groups of students attending a non-traditional university and taking vocational degrees within England, UK. We argue that although each higher education institute can become its own destiny, it can only do so within the boundaries of state policy and its technologies. Higher education, when affected by cultures of ‘performativity’, is arguably focused less on knowledge for ‘emancipation’ and its own sake and more on the ‘use value’ of its products. This paper argues that what is valued by these particular students in their learning and what gives them positive feelings as they engage with this process of learning is not altogether independent of the current governances shaping higher education.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Pedagogic Research and Innovation
Identification Number: 10.1080/0309877X.2011.645452
Depositing User: Jill Hazard
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2012 09:44
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2012 13:19
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4339

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