Graduate Citizens? Issues of Citizenship and Higher Education

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Chapter 6

Conclusion

Concerns, hopes and fears

6.1

Introduction

It is unlikely that three academic authors in search of an invisible phenomenon, and faced with the thoughts of thirty students, will come to precisely the same conclusions. These final comments are an attempt to identify the range of reactions, both to what has been said in the interviews and to the debates surrounding the issue of higher education and citizenship. While our concerns are shared, we have not always agreed completely on the significance for the future of the sentiments expressed by the students.


6.2

Concerns

This book began its life with a set of concerns arising from two apparently unconnected educational policies developed in the first years of the New Labour government. These were, first, the loss of a citizen's right (for those appropriately qualified) to free higher education and, second, the institution of citizenship education as a mandatory element of the National Curriculum in England. Our suspicion was that because the policies of loans and fees for higher education seemed to be built upon earlier initiatives promoting privatisation and the enterprising individual, introducing citizenship education into the National Curriculum might be little more than a convenient way of adding a social gloss to an educational system which, in many ways, was increasingly devoted to individual instrumentalism.

Consequently, in Part I, we looked at both the citizenship debates which informed discussions about citizenship education, and at some of the institutional changes in and around higher

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements vii
  • List of Abbreviations viii
  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter 1 - Citizenship in Britain 7
  • Chapter 2 - Prospects for Social National Citizenship in the United Kingdom 35
  • Chapter 3 - Citizenship and the Restructuring of Higher Education 62
  • Chapter 4 - Citizenship Themes in Students' Lives 99
  • Chapter 5 - Citizenship, Mutuality and Civil Society 132
  • Chapter 6 - Conclusion 157
  • Appendix 172
  • Notes 181
  • Bibliography 186
  • Index 197
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