ERIC Number: ED224353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The University and the Community: The Problems of Changing Relationships.
Berger, Guy; Duguet, Pierre
Issues of university independence versus the responsibilities entailed in full acceptance of its cultural, social, and economic role are discussed. To define the university's environment, the concept of service is critically examined, and implicit strategies for the development of relations between the university and the community are identified. To provide an empirical background for these issues, a number of working arrangements involving the utilization by the community of the university's human resources are described. The university's human resources are of two kinds: the teaching staff and research workers, and the students. Utilization of students includes study service activities in the community. Utilization by the university of human resources from the community can take two different forms: the involvement of representatives of the community in the administration of the university, and the use of active professional people as teachers. Reciprocal use of facilities is another form of collaboration. Attention is also directed to the consequences for the institution, for teaching, and for research, of providing access to new types of populations; of the emergence of new practices, new content, and a new type of university teacher; and of the risks involved in making changes in a traditional system of values based on objectivity and scientific method. It is suggested that there are three basic factors in a global strategy for the development of university/community relations: the regional dimension, a two-way flow of information, and planned changes in policies for postsecondary education. (SW)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Role, Community Cooperation, Community Role, Consultation Programs, Cooperative Programs, Educational Innovation, Educational Policy, Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Internship Programs, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Shared Facilities, Student Role, Teacher Role
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2, rue Andre-Pascal, 75775 Paris CEDEX 16, France.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France). Centre for Educational Research and Innovation.