Academic Freedom in a Changing Academic World

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Aarrevaara Timo, Academic Freedom in a Changing Academic World European Review, Vol. 18, Supplement no. 1, S55–S69

Title: Academic Freedom in a Changing Academic World
Author: Aarrevaara, Timo
Belongs to series: Vol. 18, Supplement no. 1,
Abstract: This article considers the academic profession and academic freedom in light of the results of the Changing Academic Profession (CAP) survey in Finland and four other European countries. Academic freedom is examined as a phenomenon that provides a setting for goal determination by members of the academic profession. It has a bearing on both institutional autonomy and individual academic freedom, i.e. the freedom of research and teaching. Academic freedom can be examined on the basis of material from the CAP survey through the questions about the freedom of teaching, the definition of work, working as a member of a community, the power of influence, funding, and the evaluation of quality. The concept of academic freedom varies slightly between countries, in part because of the growth of higher education systems and because of the increasing demand for ‘relevance’ being imposed on universities.
Date: 2010

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