The Understanding and Take on the Blatant Instrumentalism among University Students: Reflections from An Early-career Academic

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Abstract

The increasingly obvious instrumentalism among university students presents considerable challenges to early-career academics (ECAs). Many ECAs consider themselves to be inspiring educators, but they are merely fee-earning providers of educational services in the eyes of many students. This painful contrast can significantly disempower ECAs. To maintain their well-being and prevent spiritual burnout, ECAs need to understand that the blatant instrumentalism among many university students is not of itself a disease or disaster. Instead, it is a symptom reflecting some profound structural changes in higher education. In taking on this challenge, ECAs have the opportunity to rebut the consumerism discourse in higher education while improving the efficiency and effectiveness of their teaching activities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-66
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Universities' Review
Volume63
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2021

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