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The Research Foundations of Graduate Education: Germany, Britain, France, United States, Japan


reviewed by Harold Perkin ó 1994

coverTitle: The Research Foundations of Graduate Education: Germany, Britain, France, United States, Japan
Author(s): Burton Clark
Publisher: University of California Press, Los Angeles
ISBN: 0520079973, Pages: , Year: 1993
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Universities are the axial institutions of postindustrial society. They are the powerhouses of the knowledge society and manufacture the human capital that makes it so productive. Where did their power come from, and what is happening to them now that they cater to mass higher education, cost so much that governments are forced to intervene, and are under threat from rival institutions specializing in research? Burton Clark and his colleagues in five of the most advanced national systems of higher education have in this well-researched volume tried to answer these questions in terms of the history and contemporary state of research and graduate training in the universities. They have done this for each country named in the subtitle, at two levels: at the macro- level of national organization and at the micro-level of the particular disciplines. What they have found is historically familiar and encouraging but in current terms filled with threatening trends. Until the nineteenth century the universities were chiefly seminaries for the clergy and finishing schools... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 96 Number 1, 1994, p. 127-129
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 56, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 10:42:32 AM

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