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SANTOS, Lucíola Licínio de Castro Paixão. The observable and the immeasurable in the performative university. Educ. Rev. [online]. 2005, n.42, pp.201-218. ISSN 0102-4698.

The performative culture within the post-industrial society is connected to a set of measures and changes implemented to overcome the crisis of capitalist system. As a result, knowledge became a commodity and a neo-liberal policy is re-engineering society as a free market. In name of transparency, the state has being developing technologies for auditing the performance of the public sector. In this context, this article examines this permormative culture that has being developed inside the university and it is implication for teaching and research. Both activities are being colonized by a mode of regulation based on efficiency as form of  legitimation for the production of knowledge and its transmission. Only activities that could be measured are important because they show how productive the university is, and thus can define its status and prestigious position. Accountability, competition and individualism are expression of the new discourse which acts from the outside and from the inside, by shaping a new professionalism and new identities within a process that stresses the intensification of labour.

Palavras-chave : Higher Education Assessment; Commodification of Knowledge; Performative Culture.

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