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The European and American university since 1800 [electronic resource] : historical and sociological essays /
edited by Sheldon Rothblatt and Björn Wittrock.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, c1993.
description
xi, 370 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521431654
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Book
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, c1993.
isbn
0521431654
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8362288
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Reviews
Review Quotes
"...a serious historical and sociological overview of the subject....worth browsing through, if only to gain some understanding of the widely different fundamental assumptions underlying European and American universities." Journal of Academic Librarianship
"...the essays in The European and American University Since 1800...provide important assessments of how ideas and policy interventions by governments brought about change." Campbell F. Lloyd, Journal of Urban History
"The topics addressed in this volume hold considerable importance for contemporary public policy and university politics, just as they represent key dynamics in the shaping of the modern university....Consumed slowly and deliberatley, it constitutes a satisfying meal. The richness and complementary flavors may be difficult to appreciate second-hand, but the patient, highly motivated reader should find the intellectual investment worthwhile." Janet Rasmussen, Scandanavian Studies
"...the various chapters provide useful insights....it is hard to imagine the reader who would not find some new insights in a collection of papers as diverse as this one." East/West Education
"This book ...takes history very seriously and is the sworn enemy of oversimplified assessments of university development, past and present...This is a substantive anthology." Histoire sociale
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Summaries
Description for Bookstore
The essays in this book discuss how universities work and have worked, in relation to other parts of a higher education 'system'. The authors are particularly interested in 'complexity' as it affects universities, the professions and government, and exercise comparative analysis in assessing the functioning, the success and the significance of universities.
Description for Bookstore
Universities are said to be the 'powerhouses' of modern society. They educate its leaders and advance our basic knowledge of nature and society. The essays in this book discuss how universities work, and have worked, in relation to other parts of a higher education 'system' and in the context of their historical development. The authors are particularly interested in 'complexity' as it affects universities, the professions and government, and exercise comparative analysis in assessing the functioning, the success and the significance of universities.
Description for Library
Universities are said to be the ‘powerhouses’ of modern society. They educate its leaders and advance our basic knowledge of nature and society. The essays in this book discuss how universities work and have worked, in relation to other parts of a higher education ‘system’ and in the context of their historical development. The authors are particularly interested in ‘complexity’ as it affects universities, the professions and government, and exercise comparative analysis in assessing the functioning, the success and the significance of universities.
Main Description
Universities are said to be the 'powerhouses' of modern society. They educate leaders and advance our basic knowledge of nature and society. Yet historically they have been vulnerable when meeting the challenges of dynamic industrial democracies or indeed of modern totalitarian states. Today universities are at the centre of society's attention and must therefore balance a great number of contradictory demands and pressures. Can this be done within the structure and ethos of an historic institution called a 'university', or are such institutions now passè and merely part of a bureaucratically managed higher education 'system'? These essays discuss the ways in which universities have coped with complexity since 1800, while retaining their basic 'idea'. Special attention is accorded to the role of the State and the autonomous professions in defining the mission of universities and in their struggle for individuality in the face of mounting pluralistic and bureaucratic pressures.
Main Description
Universities are said to be the 'powerhouses' of modern society. They educate leaders and advance our basic knowledge of nature and society. Yet historically they have been vulnerable when meeting the challenges of dynamic industrial democracies or indeed of modern totalitarian states. Today universities are at the centre of society's attention and must therefore balance a great number of contradictory demands and pressures. Can this be done within the structure and ethos of an historic institution called a 'university', or are such institutions now pass and merely part of a bureaucratically managed higher education 'system'? These essays discuss the ways in which universities have coped with complexity since 1800, while retaining their basic 'idea'. Special attention is accorded to the role of the State and the autonomous professions in defining the mission of universities and in their struggle for individuality in the face of mounting pluralistic and bureaucratic pressures.
Main Description
Universities are said to be the "powerhouses" of modern society. They educate our leaders and advance our basic knowledge of nature and society. The essays in this book discuss how universities work, and have worked, in relation to other parts of the higher education "system" and in the context of their historical development. The authors are particularly interested in "complexity" as it affects universities, the professions and government, and exercise comparative analysis in assessing the functioning, the success and the significance of universities.
Table of Contents
Notes on the contributors
Introduction: universities and 'higher education'
Fact and Ideals in Liberal Education
The limbs of Osiris: liberal education in the English-speaking world
In search of Isis: general education in Germany and Sweden
The State, the University, and the Professions
The transformation of professional education in the nineteenth century
From practise to school-based professional education: patterns of conflict and accommodation in England, France and the United States
The Ambiguities of University Research in Sweden and the United States
Universities, research, and the transformation of the state in Sweden
Research, graduate education, and the ecology of American universities: an interpretative history
Complexity
The problem of complexity in modern higher education
Comparative perspectives on British and American higher education
The Ironies of University History
The modern university: the three transformations
Index
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