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ERIC Number: ED013487
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Mar-7
Pages: 19
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Reference Count: 0
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LEADERSHIP--ORGANIZATION AND STRUCTURE.
TARCHER, MARTIN
LEADERSHIP IN SOCIAL RECONSTRUCTION MUST BEGIN IN THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. THE NEED FOR CHANGES IN STRUCTURE, ORGANIZATION, AND GOALS OF HIGHER EDUCATION IS BASED UPON THREE ASSUMPTIONS--(1) HIGHER EDUCATION IS LARGELY IRRELEVANT UNLESS IT FULFILLS ITS FUNCTION AS AN INSTRUMENT OF CONTINUOUS, CONSTRUCTIVE SOCIAL CRITICISM, (2) HIGHER EDUCATION SHOULD HELP STUDENTS TO GAIN A THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK OF VALUES, IDEAS, AND SCIENTIFIC HABITS OF THOUGHT AND ACTION SO THAT THEY MAY BETTER UNDERSTAND, CONTROL, AND IMPROVE THEIR NATURAL-SOCIAL ENVIRONMENTS, AND (3) SCHOOLS WILL FULFILL NEITHER OF THESE UNTIL THEY BECOME INTEGRATIVE RATHER THAN FRAGMENTIVE. OUR SOCIETY NEEDS BROAD SPECIALISTS WHO SEE THE DATA AND THEORY OF THEIR DISCIPLINES WITHIN THE BROADER CONTEXT OF OUR NATURAL-SOCIAL REALITIES. THE FUTURE INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION MUST LEARN THAT THE BEST TEACHING AND THE BEST LEARNING OCCUR IN THE COURSE OF RESEARCH INVOLVEMENT WHICH IS A METHOD OF CHANGE, NOT MERELY A DESCRIPTION OF WHAT IS. ADVANTAGES TO BE GAINED BY THIS APPROACH INCLUDE THE DESTRUCTION OF BARRIERS BETWEEN TEACHING AND RESEARCH, BROADENING OF FACULTY SCOPE, DEVELOPMENT OF A SENSE OF COMMUNITY, AND STUDENT COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL GOALS. THIS PAPER WAS DELIVERED AT THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HIGHER EDUCATION (22ND, CHICAGO, MARCH 7, 1967). (HM)
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Identifiers: Illinois (Chicago)