ERIC Number: ED036252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec-4
Reference Count: 0
A Canibalistic View of Graduate Education.
Brennan, Michael J.
Graduate schools are failing to meet important educational needs of society. Three of the areas that need improvement and change are: 1) teacher preparation, 2) relevance of Doctoral education, and 3) university-society relationship. Most PhD programs, after paying lip service to the value of good teaching, proceed to deify the notion of research training, though there is ample evidence that most PhD recipients never publish or use their research training. A new PhD degree should be designed for the education of prospective junior and four year college teachers. The curriculum for this degree would be interdisciplinary and would include teaching internships. This new degree would strengthen the research value of the PhD. The standard PhD program needs to be made more relevant by linking the constancy of the human condition to the immediacy of social change. Improved communication is also needed between university and society because those who pay the bill have a right to know the university better. If the university does not change itself, outside agencies may impose changes upon it. It is vital that the university itself accept the responsibility for initiating the needed changes. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington, DC.
Note: Address to the Ninth Annual Meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington D.C., Dec 4-6, 1969