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


reviewed by Moses Oketch — 2004

coverTitle: The Decline of the Guru: The Academic Profession in Developing and Middle-Income Countries
Author(s): Philip G. Altbach (Editor)
Publisher: Palgrave/MacMillan, New York
ISBN: 1403960542, Pages: 338, Year: 2003
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The academic profession in developing and middle income countries faces serious challenges, but so do academics everywhere. The general dilemma is the same: pressures of mass enrollment, curriculum relevance, accountability, fiscal constraints, distance education, and the integration of new technologies. Clearly, these are unprecedented pressures that have combined to place strain on the academic professoriate, particularly in the developing and middle-income countries, where resources are meager, economic growth sluggish, and competing needs greater.   The Decline of the Guru: The Academic Profession in Developing and Middle-Income Countries provides a brilliant overview of this arena. The book combines 11 chapters around the theme of the academic professoriate, treating a variety of higher education issues as they affect dons in developing and middle-income countries. Case studies are drawn from Latin America, Asia, Arab Gulf States, and Africa, but the issues discussed are relevant everywhere. The authors admirably share a common conceptual framework. The chapters vary in quality, but the breadth of issues covered in this single volume is impressive. The most interesting... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 287-290
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11202, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 6:44:43 PM

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  • Moses Oketch
    Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
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    MOSES O. OKETCH is an assistant professor of Public Policy and Education in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. His latest publication is “Affording the Unaffordable: Cost-Sharing in Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa,” published in the Peabody Journal of Education. His interests include economics of education and international higher education policy.
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