Reflections on the modern mass university and the question of the autonomy of thinking
Kallio, E. (2001). Reflections on the modern mass university and the question of the autonomy of thinking. In J. Välimaa (Ed.), Finnish Higher Education in transition (pp. 73-90). Jyväskylä, Finland: Koulutuksen tutkimuslaitos.
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The article examines the concepts of massification and globalisation of higher education and contrasts them with some concepts from developmental psychology. The traditional task of universities is to train autonomous, self-directed and critical citizens who think scientifically. In this article I shall ask whether these tasks are possible in massified, marketised and globalised universities. My main aim is to draw on empirical findings to open theoretical perspectives on the topic.