Reconstructing the University: Worldwide Shifts in Academia in the 20th Century

Reconstructing the University: Worldwide Shifts in Academia in the 20th Century

by David Frank, Jay Gabler, Jay Gabler, Jav Gabler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804753768

ISBN-13: 9780804753760

Pub. Date: 07/25/2006

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Current conversations on the state of academia contain a broad sense of crisis over changes in the body of university knowledge—the decline of literature, the unbridling of ethnic studies, the growth of various applied programs, and so on. Much of the concern revolves around a perceived deterioration of the academic core in which, the thinking goes, the

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Current conversations on the state of academia contain a broad sense of crisis over changes in the body of university knowledge—the decline of literature, the unbridling of ethnic studies, the growth of various applied programs, and so on. Much of the concern revolves around a perceived deterioration of the academic core in which, the thinking goes, the university's teaching and research priorities are increasingly compromised by external financial and political interests.

With data on faculty and course composition over the twentieth century for a global sample of universities, this book provides an examination unprecedented in scope and scale of changes in academia. The authors document the changing emphases accorded the branches of learning, the applied and basic divisions, and the disciplinary fields. They find deep transformations, as anticipated, but offer a new explanation for these shifts. Changes in academic focus are less the work of outside interest groups, but instead are cultural maps to the altering features of globally institutionalized understandings of reality.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804753760
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
07/25/2006
Edition description:
1
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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