Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 January 2015

368 Pages | 70 Illustrations, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719096266

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The Open University

A history

Weinbren Daniel

Published by Manchester University Press

  • A few personal reminiscences apart, there is no one account of this pioneering institution which has become the largest and most distinctive university in the country
  • It considers how The Open University has disturbed the idea of the university by enabling adults easily to study in homes, prisons and all over the world
  • It explores how The Open University so swiftly became a national treasure familiar to millions of students and their employers and families, as well as BBC viewers
  • It combines the personal narratives of learners, the recollections of staff, the records of key individuals, governments and the BBC - some of them only recently available and the records of teaching and pedagogy recorded by the University itself. It has critically engaged with a wide range of secondary literature about the university, higher education and the broader society
  • The breadth of its engagement with the histories of universities in their national and international context makes this book necessary reading for anyone interested in post-war politics, society, economy and higher education

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