Higher education’s competition fetish

In a recent keynote, Professor Rajani Naidoo argues that contemporary education reform worldwide is locked in a competition fetish.

Speaking at the European Conference for Educational Research, Professor Raidoo discusses the varieties of competition in higher education.

She argues that while competition in higher education is related to global economic competition, it also comes with its own set of rules established by those institutions and systems already judged to be ‘the best’ on an international scale.

She also outlines the important potential benefits of certain forms of competition. She concludes by investigating how positive effects of competition can be garnered and how the most corrosive effects of competition can be mediated by more visionary and joined-up policy reform.

Abstract: The Competition Fetish as an Imperative of Change: Animators, Mediators and Consequences

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