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Leading Higher Education As and For Public Good
Rekindling Education as Praxis

ISBN 9780367205126
Published April 7, 2020 by Routledge
198 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Leading Higher Education As and For Public Good asserts that the purpose of higher education is twofold: for public good and as public good. Acknowledging that the notion of public good increasingly cannot be taken for granted, the book argues that leading, teaching and learning must be directly connected to its pursuit. It avers and demonstrates how this may be accomplished, articulating specific approaches and dispositions that require cultivation within university communities.

This volume argues that leading higher education occurs within competing and sometimes conflicting webs of commitments, necessitating a capacity to negotiate legitimate compromises. Its empirical chapters expand on this, providing examples of academic developers who use deliberate communication as a method in cultivating leading and teaching praxis. What emerges is the potential of deliberative leadership to be transformative in building sustainable leadership in higher education, while simultaneously renewing commitments to education and contributing to public good.

Leading Higher Education As and For Public Good is essential reading for policy-makers, university leaders and administrators, academics, students and all those interested in building a sustainable future for higher education that also contributes to public good.

Table of Contents


Foreword: Leading Higher Education As and For Public Good: Rekindling education as praxis

Ronald Barnett

Chapter 1: Leading Higher Education As, and For, Public Good: new beginnings

Tone Dyrdal Solbrekke & Ciaran Sugrue

Chapter 2. Leading Higher Education: Putting Education Centre Stage

Ciaran Sugrue and Tone Dyrdal Solbrekke

Chapter 3. Higher education as and for public good: Past, present and possible futures

Tomas Englund and Andreas Bergh

Chapter 4. Leading in a web of commitments: negotiating legitimate compromises

Tone Dyrdal Solbrekke, Ciaran Sugrue and Molly Sutphen

Part II

Chapter 5. Leading Higher Education: Deliberative Communication as Praxis and Research

Tone Dyrdal Solbrekke and Ciaran Sugrue

Chapter 6. Intellectual Virtues for Leading Higher Education

Molly Sutphen, Tomas Englund and Kristin Ewins

Chapter 7. Deliberative Communication: Stimulating collective learning?

Andreas Bergh, Tone Dyrdal Solbrekke and Johan Wickström

Chapter 8. Deliberative leadership: Moving beyond dialogue

Kristin Ewins, Ester Fremstad, Trine Fossland and Ragnhild Sandvoll

Chapter 9. Deliberative communication as pedagogical leadership: Promoting public good?

Tone Dyrdal Solbrekke and Ester Fremstad

Chapter 10. Nurturing pedagogical praxis through deliberative communication

Ragnhild Sandvoll, Andreas Bergh and Tone Dyrdal Solbrekke

Part III

Chapter 11. Rekindling Education as Praxis: The promise of Deliberative Leadership

Ciaran Sugrue and Tone Dyrdal Solbrekke


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Tone Dyrdal Solbrekke is Professor of Higher Education and Academic Developer at the University of Oslo, Norway.

Ciaran Sugrue is Professor and Chair of Education at the School of Education, University College Dublin, Ireland.