Gender, equity and the discourse of the independent learner in higher education

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Usher starts the article with the observation thatspacehas received a lot of attention recently, and he sets out to investigate why this is so. He states that the renewed interest in space can be linked toglobalisation, which at the same timealtersthe way we conceive of space. According to Usher modernism has emphasized the importance oftime. “This emphasis constructed space asneutral, fixed and immobile, unrelated to the social and without impact on the formation of subject identity and biography.” [p. 41] It would be wrong, however, to conclude that the renewed interest in space replaces that in time. “It is not so much a matter of changes in the relativeimportanceof space and time but more a matter of changes in theirrelationship– what happens in the hyphen ofspace-time. This is largely due to the impact ofelectronic technologywhich enables thecompressionof space-time.” [p. 42] According to Usher space-time compression enables us to treat space and time together as a combined phenomenon, and allows us to discuss their connections tocultureandpolitics, oridentityandbiography[p. 42].

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  • Equity
  • Gender
  • Higher education
  • Independence
  • Learning

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  • Carole Leathwood

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