In the UK, graduate education has taken a backseat to undergraduate learning. But as Elizabeth Bell explains, postgraduate programs there face significant challenges.
In yesterday’s Worldviews panel about think tanks and university research, Adrian Monck emphasized the importance of knowing the funding sources of a research project in order to be able to make an informed assessment of the conclusions of that research. Knowing where the funding for a research project comes from, he argued, helps the reader to get a sense of the values and biases that inform the project.
Today at a panel on the importance of disseminating academic work to
“Looming low and ominous, in twilight premature, thunderheads are rumbling in a distant overture” (Neil Peart, from the RUSH song Jacob’s Ladder).
As a 16 year old New Brunswick boy listening to these words I always imagined impending chaos as the power of nature crept slowly upon an earth that refused to change in any but superficial ways. Now, as a 46 year old professor returning from a conference focused on “Learning Outcomes” these lyrics again come to mind as
Points I raised in the address include the following:
-Canada’s economy has been growing quite steadily over the past three decades, even when one adjusts for inflation, and even when one accounts for population growth. The exceptions, of course, occur during recessions.
-Yet, since the early 1980s, the federal