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Higher Education: Commodity or Space for Learning: modelling contradictions in educational practices

Wihlborg, Monne LU and Nilsson, Monica (2011) In Power and Education 3(2). p.104-116
Abstract
In this article the authors reflect upon and critically examine signs of a contradiction in higher education which they discuss in terms of the tension between 'use value' and 'exchange value'. Use value here represents learning as something valuable ‘in itself’ whereas exchange value represents learning as an achievement of grades and credits to be ‘traded’ on a market. Their aim in this article is to present a model based on the concepts of use value and exchange value, clarifying how thye might relate to surface and deep approaches to learning. The model is suggested as a device to explore and analyse local tensions emanating from the contradiction. They also argue in favour of a pedagogical philosophy based on the notion of community.
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space for learning, commodity, exchange and use value, learning commonity: higher education.
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Power and Education
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  author       = {Wihlborg, Monne and Nilsson, Monica},
  keyword      = {space for learning,commodity,exchange and use value,learning commonity: higher education.},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {104--116},
  publisher    = {SYMPOSIUM JOURNALS Ltd},
  series       = {Power and Education},
  title        = {Higher Education: Commodity or Space for Learning: modelling contradictions in educational practices},
  volume       = {3},
  year         = {2011},
}