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Title: Australian social scientists and transition to a more commercial university environment
Contributor(s): Harman, Grant  (author)
Publication Date: 2005
DOI: 10.1080/0729436052000318587
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Abstract: Australian social scientists generally are highly critical of Commonwealth Government higher education policy and funding levels, and the new commercial, entrepreneurial and managerial university environment. They are frustrated with increased workloads, higher degrees of regulation and reporting requirements, incompetence of university management and often deteriorating social relations within academic departments. At the same time, many social scientists have proved to be remarkably adaptable, showing high degrees of interest in and commitment to their teaching and research, impressive levels of research productivity and substantial involvement in providing policy advice to government and in commercial activities, including recruiting fee-paying domestic and international students, consultancies and attracting external research funds. Many work effectively with colleagues or in research teams, and often publish jointly with colleagues from their own and other institutions. Despite strong research links with government agencies, respondents report that their research is primarily driven by intrinsic interest and to generate inputs to teaching, rather than by utilitarian motives.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Higher Education Research & Development, 24(1), p. 79-94
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group Ltd
Place of Publication: Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
ISSN: 0729-4360
Field of Research (FOR): 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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