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      Five perils of the impact agenda in higher education

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            The impact of higher education institutions on society has become the focus of significant policy attention in recent years, most prominently as part of research evaluation. This paper presents a theoretical exploration of the notion, identifying the key dimensions as source, form, trajectory, intensity, timescale and destination. While acknowledging the importance of porosity between universities and society, and the need to address critical contemporary challenges, five dangers of the impact agenda are highlighted: the normative dimension; the linear relationship; unpredictability; measurement; and instrumentalization. As a response to dominant conceptualizations, the paper proposes the notion of the generative intrinsic as a more robust basis on which to base the work of universities.

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            10430
            London Review of Education
            IOE Press
            1474-8460
            17 July 2018
            : 16
            : 2
            : 279-295
            Article
            1474-8460(20180717)16:2L.279;1- s8.phd /ioep/clre/2018/00000016/00000002/art00008
            10.18546/LRE.16.2.08
            f3a6f0cc-b593-4bfc-81cc-90010c363c3e
            Copyright @ 2018
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            Education,Assessment, Evaluation & Research methods,Educational research & Statistics,General education
            INSTRUMENTALISATION,IMPACT,UNIVERSITIES,RESEARCH EVALUATION,PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT,HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY

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