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ABSTRACT. Barnett maintains that society needs both the most imaginative and the widest range of ideas of the university. The institution in society that should encourage imaginative thinking is tacitly working to diminish imaginative thinking, being characterized by a poverty of imagination about itself and its own possibilities. For Barnett, it is important to notice that the dominant ideas of the university are reflections of powerful forces influencing the shaping of the contemporary university. Barnett argues that imaginative perceptions of the university and its possibilities might inform processes of institutional transformation. New lines of communication can be opened oriented to expanding the imaginative potential of a university. pp. 172–177

Keywords: imaginative thinking, university, new technologies, education

GEORGE LAZAROIU
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Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies in
Humanities and Social Sciences, New York
Spiru Haret University

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