ERIC Number: ED240932
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Independent Scholarship: Promise, Problems, and Prospects.
Gross, Ronald; Gross, Beatrice
A 2-year project designed to identify and meet the needs of America's independent scholars is described. Project objectives were to: increase visibility and support for independent scholarship; learn more about independent scholars and their activities and organizations; identify the main problems and needs of independent scholars; stimulate greater institutional responsiveness; and encourage self-organization of independent scholars. Vignettes of independent scholars are included that suggest that scholarship outside of academe has assumed a diversity of new institutional forms and organizational arrangements. Descriptions of 20 organizations outside academe are included. In addition, major problems faced by independent scholars are identified, including: released time, colleagueship, publishing opportunities/incentives, support service/facilities, and funding. An overview of the 1982 National Conference on Independent Scholarship is included, along with recommendations for the following groups: academe; humanities councils, foundations, and funding agencies; independent scholars and their organizations; learned societies; libraries; and the scholarly publishing community. Appendices include a list of conference participants and advisory committee members and an annotated bibliography. (SW)
Descriptors: Achievement, Agency Role, Employment Opportunities, Higher Education, Human Capital, Institutional Characteristics, Needs Assessment, Organizations (Groups), Personal Autonomy, Professional Associations, Professional Autonomy, Professional Personnel, Professors, Scholarly Journals, Scholarship, Social Networks
College Board Publications, Box 886, New York, NY 10101 ($7.95).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY.
Identifiers: National Conference on Independent Scholarship