The Dearing Report: Ten Years on

The Dearing Report: Ten Years on

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Edited by David Watson, Edited by Michael Amoah, Contributions by Jonathan Adams, Contributions by Ronald Barnett, Contributions by Rachel Bowden, Contributions by Gareth Parry, Contributions by David Smith, Contributions by Baroness Tessa Ann Vosper Blackstone, Contributions by Ronald Dearing


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  • Publisher: Institute of Education Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 204mm x 16mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 21 August 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0854737804
  • ISBN 13: 9780854737802
  • Illustrations note: 8 black & white tables, 25 figures
  • Sales rank: 1,210,415

Product description

The Report of the National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education (the Dearing Committee), Higher Education in the Learning Society, is widely recognised as a major landmark in the modern history of UK higher education. Although its most immediate outcome was the decision to introduce tuition fees, it has had considerable influence across a broad spectrum of issues, with a very large number of its 93 recommendations having been implemented. In this volume three main themes are examined: the impact over ten years of the Dearing Report; the process representing by the work of the National Committee of Inquiry, including in an international context; current issues and future prospects for UK higher education policy and practice in the light of this history. Designed to look both backwards and forwards, this wide-ranging, research-based study offers an evaluation of the issues facing the higher education system in the future.

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Author information

Professor Sir David Watson is currently Principal of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. Previously he was Professor of Higher Education Management at the Institute of Education, University of London. His academic interests are in the history of American ideas and in higher education policy. At the time of publication, Michael Amoah was a Research Officer at the Institute of Education, University of London. He was a lecturer at Middlesex University and a Policy Officer seconded from the Higher Education Directorate of the Department for Education and Skills. Jonathan Adams is the lead founder of Evidence Ltd, a company specialising in research performance analysis and interpretation which produces the UK Higher Education Research Yearbook. Ronald Barnett is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education and Consultant at the Institute of Education, University of London. At the time of publication, Rachel Bowden was Deputy Head of Planning in the Strategic Planning Unit at the University of Brighton. Prior to this she was a research fellow in the university's Education Research Centre. Gareth Parry is Professor of Education and Director of the ESRC Study of Universal Access and Dual Regimes of Further and Higher Education at the University of Sheffield. At the time of publication, Dr David Smith was a Principal Research Fellow and Director of the Higher Education Policy Unit at the School of Education, University of Leeds.

Review quote

It deserves to be widely read, not just in the UK but by the many people all over the world with an interest in the future of higher education in knowledge economies. -- Baronness Tessa Blackstone Foreword of the book

Table of contents

Foreword by Baroness Tessa Blackstone Editors' introduction by David Watson and Michael Amoah 1 The fate of the Dearing recommendations: policy and performance in UK HE, 1997-2007 by David Watson and Rachel Bowden 2 Examining higher education: a comparative view of national inquiries by Gareth Parry 3 Higher education, research and the knowledge economy: from Robbins to 'the Gathering Storm' by Jonathan Adams and David Smith 4 '100 Voices': the state of the HE nation by Michael Amoah 5 Shifting sands: UK higher education in the mid-twenty-first century by Ronald Barnett 6 Looking back: reflections of the Dearing Committee by Members of the NCIHE: Judith Evans, David Weatherall, Simon Wright, George Quigley, Pamela Morris, David Watson, Shirley Trundle 7 Looking forward: unfinished business in UK HE in 2007 by David Watson Afterword by Lord Ron Dearing Appendix I: members of the Dearing Committee Appendix II: the recommendations of the Dearing Committee Appendix III: the Dearing 'compact'