Title

The shifting ground of Australian higher education through the lens of reflexive modernisation: compromising the quality of planning education?

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Bosman, C, Coiacetto, E & Dredge, D 2011, 'The shifting ground of Australian higher education through the lens of reflexive modernisation: compromising the quality of planning education?', Australian Planner, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 72-83.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07293682.2011.561826

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to explore the changes taking place in the Australian higher education sector and to discuss the implications of these changes in planning education. In addressing this aim, this paper draws from theories of reflexive modernisation to discuss how processes of individualisation, risk and reflexivity are shaping the behaviours and decisions of university managers, students and academics. These shifts and challenges are important for employers, just as they are for academics, to understand. The paper calls for more strategic and informed engagement in higher education policy and with the student communities to complement the growing dialogue between academics, the planning profession and employers.