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Academics and the Real World

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Gillian Evans examines how far the traditional purposes of the universities are still relevant to their encounters with the changed priorities of the modern world. Increasingly, it seems, academia is expected to engage with the 'real world'. For instance, university teachers are being asked to cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit in their students; researchers are more likely now to be doing the kind of research that has practical applications and is funded by commercial sponsors; and university administrators ...
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Overview

Gillian Evans examines how far the traditional purposes of the universities are still relevant to their encounters with the changed priorities of the modern world. Increasingly, it seems, academia is expected to engage with the 'real world'. For instance, university teachers are being asked to cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit in their students; researchers are more likely now to be doing the kind of research that has practical applications and is funded by commercial sponsors; and university administrators have been encouraged to adopt management models from private business. Against this background, Academics and the Real World explores the core values of universities, the pressure on them from government policies, the threat to the integrity and independence of their research from their partnerships with large corporations, and the problems they are having in running themselves efficiently whilst maintaining their identity. It probes at the crucial question of what should be the nature of the relationship between universities and their wider society.
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Evans (history and theology, U. of Cambridge, UK) examines the changing relationship between universities and wider society, focusing on some of the most controversial issues being debated right now, including corporate funding of research, political involvements of faculty, the purpose of teaching, and the relationship between faculty and administration. Coming mainly from a UK vantage point, she suggests that the current situation of academies is a confrontation between truth and power and she suggests that the value of truth to a society demonstrates clearly what side of the controversies academics should come down on. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335211111
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 178
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Academic Project: Driving Forces 5
2 Teaching 38
3 The Control of Research 59
4 Politics, Administration and the Real World 92
5 What is to be Done? 106
6 Conclusion: the University and Social Commentary 123
Notes 138
Bibliography 158
Index 160
The Society for Research into Higher Education 166
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