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The lived experience of flexible education : theory, policy and practice

Palmer, Stuart 2011, The lived experience of flexible education : theory, policy and practice, Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 1-16.

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Title The lived experience of flexible education : theory, policy and practice
Author(s) Palmer, Stuart
Journal name Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice
Volume number 8
Issue number 3
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher University of Wollongong : Centre for Educational Development and Interactive Resources
Place of publication Wollongong, N.S.W.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1449-9789
Keyword(s) flexible education
policy
rationale
practice
engineering education
Summary The range of rationales that underpin conceptions of flexible education, and the re-making over time of the official meaning of flexibility in national education policy, have led to the point where flexibility might be found, or be required, in nearly every aspect of Australian higher education. This paper seeks to identify those rationales and the development of public policy rhetoric that have framed the development of the meaning of flexible education over time in an Australian context. By considering the intersection of theoretical and policy perspectives on flexible education with the realities of teaching and learning practice in the discipline context of engineering, this paper proposes the essential importance of individual context and agency in the making of real meaning from, and creating practical boundaries around, the otherwise tenuous definitions of flexibility often offered by institutional policy.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, University of Wollongong : Centre for Educational Development and Interactive Resources
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