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Higher Education Cannot Escape History: Issues for the Twenty-first Century


reviewed by Roger Geiger 1995

coverTitle: Higher Education Cannot Escape History: Issues for the Twenty-first Century
Author(s): Clark Kerr
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791417085, Pages: 248, Year: 1994
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Higher education cannot escape history, Clark Kerr argues in this collection of essays, because it has become at once more vital to society and permeated by society: "Higher education is now the greatest single source of new ideas, of higher skills, of the spread of culture, of the raising and satisfying of individual aspirations, of the expression of dissent, [and] of the creation of leadership" (p. 231). However, the very importance of higher education has meant that its own internal logic and autonomy have been increasingly confounded by external pressures. The resulting tensions, and the fundamental conflicts they have generated, seem destined to recur into the next century. These essays are organized around four general areas of such tension. The first of these arises from the international or universal character of much of the knowledge with which universities are concerned and the "nationalization of purpose" (p. 6) imposed on them by their close dependence on nation states. Most students of higher education are well aware of this... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 97 Number 2, 1995, p. 334-335
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1442, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 12:46:57 PM

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