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Alternative universities: speculative design for innovation in higher education

Alternative universities: speculative design for innovation in higher education EDUCATIONAL REVIEW 2021, VOL. 73, NO. 1, 129–133 BOOK REVIEWS David J. Staley, Baltimore, John Hopkins University Press, 2019, 280 pp., $34.95 (Hardback), ISBN No: 9781421427416 David Staley’s 2019 book Alternative Universities: Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education asks how we might re-envision the idea of the university, presenting a series of “feasible utopias” (p. 14, after Barnett, 2011) that are, at times, radical, visionary and innovative. Each chapter of the book proposes a different “imagining” of the university: exploring a different model of how such institutions might be conceptualised. The book is divided into four parts, which characterise key aspects of these different models. In Part I: “Organization” proposals are concerned with university models which are distinguished by their structure: “The Platform University” imagines a minimalist scenario in which the university serves mainly to connect teachers and students together; the “Microcollege” proposes that higher education might be organised into hundreds of much smaller units – consisting of single teachers and their class; and “The Humanities Think Tank” considers whether the traditional policy think tank might serve as a blueprint for an institution which brings together those working in the humanities but directs them towards identifying policy solutions. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Educational Review Taylor & Francis

Alternative universities: speculative design for innovation in higher education

Educational Review , Volume 73 (1): 2 – Jan 2, 2021

Alternative universities: speculative design for innovation in higher education

Educational Review , Volume 73 (1): 2 – Jan 2, 2021

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EDUCATIONAL REVIEW 2021, VOL. 73, NO. 1, 129–133 BOOK REVIEWS David J. Staley, Baltimore, John Hopkins University Press, 2019, 280 pp., $34.95 (Hardback), ISBN No: 9781421427416 David Staley’s 2019 book Alternative Universities: Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education asks how we might re-envision the idea of the university, presenting a series of “feasible utopias” (p. 14, after Barnett, 2011) that are, at times, radical, visionary and innovative. Each chapter of the book proposes a different “imagining” of the university: exploring a different model of how such institutions might be conceptualised. The book is divided into four parts, which characterise key aspects of these different models. In Part I: “Organization” proposals are concerned with university models which are distinguished by their structure: “The Platform University” imagines a minimalist scenario in which the university serves mainly to connect teachers and students together; the “Microcollege” proposes that higher education might be organised into hundreds of much smaller units – consisting of single teachers and their class; and “The Humanities Think Tank” considers whether the traditional policy think tank might serve as a blueprint for an institution which brings together those working in the humanities but directs them towards identifying policy solutions.

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Taylor & Francis
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© 2020 Alex Elwick
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1465-3397
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0013-1911
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10.1080/00131911.2020.1774166
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EDUCATIONAL REVIEW 2021, VOL. 73, NO. 1, 129–133 BOOK REVIEWS David J. Staley, Baltimore, John Hopkins University Press, 2019, 280 pp., $34.95 (Hardback), ISBN No: 9781421427416 David Staley’s 2019 book Alternative Universities: Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education asks how we might re-envision the idea of the university, presenting a series of “feasible utopias” (p. 14, after Barnett, 2011) that are, at times, radical, visionary and innovative. Each chapter of the book proposes a different “imagining” of the university: exploring a different model of how such institutions might be conceptualised. The book is divided into four parts, which characterise key aspects of these different models. In Part I: “Organization” proposals are concerned with university models which are distinguished by their structure: “The Platform University” imagines a minimalist scenario in which the university serves mainly to connect teachers and students together; the “Microcollege” proposes that higher education might be organised into hundreds of much smaller units – consisting of single teachers and their class; and “The Humanities Think Tank” considers whether the traditional policy think tank might serve as a blueprint for an institution which brings together those working in the humanities but directs them towards identifying policy solutions.

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Published: Jan 2, 2021

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