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The Culture of Professionalism: The Middle Class and Development in Higher Education in America


reviewed by James O'Toole 1977

coverTitle: The Culture of Professionalism: The Middle Class and Development in Higher Education in America
Author(s): Burton Bledstein
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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The best historians are the supermen and superwomen of academia. They leap over centuries and across cultures in single bounds, escape the confines of academic disciplines faster than speeding bullets, and recreate whole periods to fit their moods or ideologies. Although this relative lack of constraints exposes historians to the temptations of excess and irresponsibility, the freedom is also conducive to real learning and insight. As psychologists, sociologists, economists, philosophers, and other would-be scientists willingly plunge into narrower and narrower funnels in the pursuit of "original contributions to knowledge," a few historians stand aside from this process of reductionism. The good historians seek to broaden the base of knowledge. They borrow an insight here from the economist, an idea there from the sociologist, and mix these together carefully in the crucible of the imagination. Most important, the substance that is produced in this process is not called scientific fact. Indeed, a... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 79 Number 1, 1977, p. 149-152
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1181, Date Accessed: 6/20/2018 11:13:48 AM

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