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Let me entertain you: the ambivalent role of university lecturers as educators and performers.

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Title: Let me entertain you: the ambivalent role of university lecturers as educators and performers.
Authors: Wong, B
Chiu, YLT
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: In England, higher education is more marketised than ever before as the difference between students and consumers is increasingly blurred, propelled by the rise in tuition fees. With students demanding more for their money, the role of university lecturers continues to change. This study explores the ways in which lecturers re-evaluate and reconstruct their roles and responsibilities in light of heightened student expectations. We draw on 30 in-depth interviews with lecturers from the social sciences, across two post-1992 universities in England, where tuition fees have tripled since 2012. We focus on lecturers’ views and experiences of student expectations, as well as the support available to students as we shift towards a more consumerist approach in higher education. We find examples of tension between academic values and consumeristic student expectations as lecturers discuss their precarious positions as an educator as well as an entertainer. We believe that the expanding role of lecturers merits an urgent review at the institutional and national level, to promote and ensure clarity of the boundaries and expectations of teaching staff.
Issue Date: 6-Sep-2017
Date of Acceptance: 31-Jul-2017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/61824
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00131911.2017.1363718
ISSN: 0013-1911
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Start Page: 218
End Page: 233
Journal / Book Title: Educational Review
Volume: 71
Issue: 2
Copyright Statement: © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Social Sciences
Education & Educational Research
Marketisation
teachers
higher education/university
culture
ACADEMICS CONSTRUCTIONS
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
1ST YEAR
IDENTITY
PERCEPTIONS
MARKETISATION
AUTHENTICITY
EXPECTATIONS
EXPERIENCES
IMPACT
Education
13 Education
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2017-09-06
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