|Title||Student Satisfaction Negates Pedagogic Rights, Theirs and Ours!|
This article outlines how the potential for students to be co-participants, via a critical education, risks being further co-opted through the marketization of higher education by constructing students as consumers with power over academics to make judgments on pedagogic quality through student satisfaction ratings. We start by outlining the relevant components of marketization processes, and their associated practices of financialization and managerialism that have developed in response to the “legitimation crisis” in HE and argue that these have profoundly altered the university landscape with a significant impact on our working practices. Student engagement is increasingly being appropriated as a quantifiable measurement of “student satisfaction”, which then profoundly alters the teaching and learning experience with different understandings of what acquiring knowledge requires and what it feels like. We draw on our experience of working in the post 1992 sector to describe how we are increasingly working under conditions of “reified exchange” and how this affects our relationships with students, other academics and management, eroding our pedagogic rights and theirs in the process. Specifically, we conclude that marketization is likely to further reduce the institutional space and opportunities for both lecturers and students to exercise their “pedagogic rights” to personal enhancement, social inclusion and civic participation through education.
|Keywords||Student engagment, pedagogic rights, marketisation of HE; legitimation crisis|
|Journal||Student Engagement and Experience Journal|
|Journal citation||3 (2)|
|Publisher||Sheffield Hallam University|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.7190/seej.v3i2.97|
|Web address (URL)||http://research.shu.ac.uk/SEEJ/index.php/seej/article/view/97|