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Science, Society and the university: a paradox of values

Perry, B 2006, 'Science, Society and the university: a paradox of values' , Social Epistemology, 20 (3-4) , 210-219.

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Abstract

The existence of conflicting messages on the role and status of the university is linked to a wider paradox of values about science in society. Value is attributed to science and assumed by the university in the context of the move to knowledge-based economies and societies, yet this has not been accompanied by a systematic and balanced debate about the values that should underpin socio-economic change. Questions are then raised about both the effectiveness of public policy and the role of universities in society. A reconnection between the application and production of knowledge is needed, as well as the reinsertion of a normative framework for guiding and shaping change within universities. Only under such conditions can a meaningful debate on the roles of universities as places of expectation and spaces for reflection be realized.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy > BD143 Epistemology. Theory of knowledge
Subjects / Themes > L Education > L Education (General)
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF)
Journal or Publication Title: Social Epistemology
Publisher: Routledge Taylor Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0269-1728
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2007 08:47
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:48
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/544

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