Populism and Higher Education Curriculum Development: Problem Based Learning as a Mitigating Response

Editors: Turcan, Romeo V., Reilly, John E. (Eds.)

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  • Examines how populism affects curriculum and learning methods
  • Asks if problem based learning offers an effective response to external forces
  • Analyses problem based learning against a time of rising inequality and nationalism
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Against a background of increasing inequality and a rising tide of nationalism and populism, this book raises concerns that curriculum is being shaped by powerful non-academic, non-accountable forces and that populism – and its manifestations – represent a grave challenge to learning. It explores the extent to which curriculum and learning methods in higher education should respond to this challenge. Using problem based learning as a case study it draws on crossdisciplinary studies to examine how regional, national and organizational perspectives emphasize different aspects of PBL. It questions whether PBL provides an effective response to external influences and a ‘populist’ highereducation agenda. In conclusion the book poses an uncomfortable question whether graduates reflect the external forces shaping curriculum and hence may be as vulnerable to populist rhetoric as non-graduates precisely because the curriculum and learning methods do not engage with the challenges. This book will appeal to scholars of problem based learning, as well as populism and therole of higher education in society.

About the authors

Romeo V. Turcan is Professor of International Entrepreneurship and Organization Theory at the Aalborg University Business School in Denmark. Romeo’s research interests relate to creation and legitimation of new sectors and new organizations; high impact international entrepreneurship; and cross-disciplinary theory building.  
John E. Reilly is a higher education consultant with wide European and international experience. He has written on University Autonomy and Governance;  Quality Assurance; Education Policy on Entrepreneurship; Internationalisation; Erasmus and the Bologna Process; Credit Systems in Higher Education.

Reviews

"Writing in the midst of the Covid 19 pandemic, it is arresting to read a book that identifies the challenge of a totally different type of pandemic – Populism - and the threat which it poses to the academic world. This is a timely, thought provoking book precisely because it is searching for a type of academic vaccine to the undermining threats of populism, which will require wholehearted engagement to achieve."—Professor Ilan Alon, Department of Management, University of Agder, Norway
"Turcan and Reilly have crystallised what people working in and around higher education have begun to feel. In the book, the seismic shifts affecting the top tiers of academe are laid bare and their consequences on the sector explored. The range of voices brought together in the volume lead to recommended priorities and possible pathways for those engaged in curriculum design, learning development, research, and research dissemination."—Dr Simon Haslam, Visiting Fellow, Durham University Business School, UK

Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)
  • Politics and Curriculum Content in a Global Perspective: Addressing the Populism Tsunami

    Pages 3-40

    Reilly, John E. (et al.)

  • Making Sense of Emerging Populist Agendas

    Pages 43-69

    Scott, Peter

  • Challenges for the University: Recovering Authentic Liberal Culture During Ascendant and Populist Neoliberalism

    Pages 71-95

    Dholakia, Nikhilesh (et al.)

  • The Origins of the Current ‘Crisis’ Facing British Universities: Ideology or Incrementalism

    Pages 97-113

    Baldock, John

  • The Paradox of Democracy

    Pages 115-145

    Rachlin, Samuel

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Populism and Higher Education Curriculum Development: Problem Based Learning as a Mitigating Response
Editors
  • Romeo V. Turcan
  • John E. Reilly
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-47376-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-47376-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-47375-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXVI, 446
Number of Illustrations
16 b/w illustrations
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