Higher Education and Hope

Institutional, Pedagogical and Personal Possibilities

  • Paul Gibbs
  • Andrew Peterson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxv
  2. Institutional Possibilities

  3. Pedagogical Possibilities

  4. Inter-/Intra-Personal Possibilities

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 275-286

About this book


Around the world, the landscape of Higher Education is increasingly shaped by discourses of employability, rankings, and student satisfaction. Under these conditions, the role of universities in preparing students for all facets of life, and to contribute to the public good, is reshaped in significant ways: ways which are often negative and pessimistic. This book raises important and pressing questions about the nature and role of universities as formative educational institutions, drawing together contributors from both Western and non-Western perspectives. While the editors and contributors critique the current situation, the chapters evince a more humane and compassionate framing of the work of and in universities, based on positive and valued relationships and notions of the good. Drawing together a wide range of theoretical and conceptual frameworks to illuminate the issues discussed, this volume changes the debate to one of hopefulness and inspiration about the role of higher education for the public good: ultimately looking towards a potentially exciting and rewarding future through which humanity and the planet can flourish.


Education and Hygge Hope and education Higher education and emotion Education and philosophy Hopeful pedagogy

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Gibbs
    • 1
  • Andrew Peterson
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Health and EducationMiddlesex UniversityLondonUK
  2. 2.Jubilee Centre for Character and VirtuesUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-13565-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-13566-9
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