Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the Gig Economy

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    Abstract

    The model of “platform-university, where gig workers play the role of academics, teachers and researchers, stands in direct opposition to the idea of scholarship of teaching and learning. It is a model that is stifling intellectual life, student engagement and – most importantly – the advancement and production of new knowledge. The gig university cannot be responsive to public demands, addressing social and political challenges fortuitously, mostly at the rhetorical level, in mission statements or as a part of ‘university goals’, which usually are not comprehensively assessed. Gig academia narrowed down the function of higher education to budgets and profits, making most universities in the Western Anglo-speaking countries a corporate entity with a maze of contradictory goals, unclear identity, an atrophied sense of public responsibilities and a structural incapacity to address the most important problems confronting us all. This study aims to stimulate new research and scholarship to create alternative models for Academia, based on the courage of thinking and the possibility of heresies, genuine creativity, and exploratory practices and ideas in teaching and academic life.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of 9th International Conference Education, Reflection, Development (ERD 2021)
    EditorsIon Albulescu, Cristian Stan
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherEuropean Publisher Ltd
    Pages596-608
    Number of pages13
    Volume2
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-80296-955-9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022
    Event9th International Conference Education, Reflection, Development - Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    Duration: 25 Jun 202125 Jun 2021
    Conference number: 9

    Publication series

    NameEuropean Proceedings of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Volume2
    ISSN (Electronic)2672-815X

    Conference

    Conference9th International Conference Education, Reflection, Development
    Abbreviated titleERD 2021
    Country/TerritoryRomania
    CityCluj-Napoca
    Period25/06/2125/06/21

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