Decline of the Guru: The Academic Profession in Developing and Middle-Income Countries

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The academic profession faces new challenges everywhere. The pressures of mass higher education, accountability, fiscal constraints, distance education and the new technologies, and changing attitudes concerning academic work have combined to place unprecedented strains on the professoriate. This book brings together some of the best analysts of the academic profession in a wide ranging comparative analysis of the changing academic workplace. The stress here is on middle income and developing countries, but the ...
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Overview

The academic profession faces new challenges everywhere. The pressures of mass higher education, accountability, fiscal constraints, distance education and the new technologies, and changing attitudes concerning academic work have combined to place unprecedented strains on the professoriate. This book brings together some of the best analysts of the academic profession in a wide ranging comparative analysis of the changing academic workplace. The stress here is on middle income and developing countries, but the issues discussed are relevant everywhere. This book, precisely because of its comparative and international perspective, is useful worldwide. Among the topics considered in the case study chapters are: the changing demographics of the academic profession, including the role of gender in the professoriate, new developments in academic appointments, including the terms of academic work, evaluation of professors, and the tenure system, external pressures on the academic profession, including demands for accountability and threats to academic freedom, the changing nature of academic work, including patterns of teaching and evaluation of students and increases in teaching responsibilities, the role of research in a changing academic environment, the impact of the new technologies and distance education, and future prospects for the professoriate.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781403960542
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/2/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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Philip G. Altbach is J. Donald Monan, SJ Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Philip G. Altbach
• Comparative Perspectives on the Changing Academic Workplace by Philip G. Altbach
• Russia by Anna Smolentseva
• Poland by Marek Kwiek
• Bulgaria by Snejana Ivanova Slantcheva
• Korea by Sungho Lee
• China by Xinangming Chen
• India by N. Jayaram
• Malaysia by Molly N.N. Lee
• Mexico by Manuel Gil Anton
• Brazil by Elizabeth Balbachevsky
• Argentina by Carlos Marquis
• South Africa by Jane Kabaki
• Nigeria by Monica Barrow *The Arabian Gulf by Andre Mazawi

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