The challenge of deliberation for academic development

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International Journal for Academic Development, 2007, 12 (1), pp. 55 - 59
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Academic developers work in a political space between university decision-makers and the academic community, a gap that Marginson and Considine (2000) showed is becoming increasingly wide. In this essay, I suggest that academic developers might learn from the notion of deliberation , a notion that has been used extensively in recent political theory (see, for example, Bohman, 1996; Young, 2000; Dryzek, 2006). Although deliberation is a demanding form of communication that is different from everyday communicative practices, it offers significant benefits to those who make decisions on the behalf of others.
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