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Extra-institutional Forces Affecting Professional Education

by G. Lester Anderson & Merton W. Ertell - 1962

Undoubtedly the most powerful forces molding professional education are those of history and tradition. A summary of this history has been presented by Brubacher in chapter ii. If one were not to use the dignified words "history" and "tradition," he might use the words "past practices." One may well inquire why many things are as they are. Why, for example, is engineering education basically undergraduate while education for social work, at least the recognized variety, is graduate? Or, why does the basic study for law culminate with a baccalaureate degree, social work with a master's degree, and dentistry with a doctorate? There are, of course, historical justifications for past practices which continue as present practices. But many such practices are often only the result of inertia.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 61, No. 2

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 63 Number 10, 1962, p. 235-253
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19824, Date Accessed: 1/22/2022 1:31:48 AM

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