ERIC Number: ED255144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Reviews of "International Encyclopedia of Higher Education," Edited by Asa S. Knowles.
Altbach, Philip; Teichler, Ulrich
Proceedings of the National Academy of Education, v7 1980
Two reviews are presented of "The International Encyclopedia of Higher Education," which was edited by Asa S. Knowles. The encyclopedia contains articles on national systems of higher education of 198 countries and territories, 282 topical essays on international and cross-national issues, and 142 descriptions of study fields. Also included are about 700 short entries providing information on: educational associations, committees and other organizations, centers/institutes conducting research on higher education, documentation and information centers, and reports on higher education policy. Two of the 10 volumes are devoted to author, institution, and subject indexes, a list of acronyms, and a cross-referenced glossary of commonly used academic terms in English and other languages. Short bibliographies for each country, including largely English-language materials are also provided. The encyclopedia consists of approximately 1,300 entries by 588 authors from 69 countries. In the first review, Philip G. Altbach describes the encyclopedia's scope, evaluates the guide, and provides a state-of-the-art review on the status of the field of comparative higher education. Altbach closes with 6 specific suggestions for improving the encyclopedia: (1) disseminate national bibliographic data to the international audience; (2) reduce reliance on American work and become less parochial; (3) economize on production of the encyclopedia in various ways; (4) make group entries by category rather than alphabetically; (5) select more authors from outside U.S.; (6) emphasize comparative insights to national problems. The second review by Ulrich Teichler, addresses primarily the international scope of the encyclopedia and echoes several of the suggestions made by the first reviewer. (SW)
Descriptors: Book Reviews, College Administration, College Faculty, College Programs, Comparative Education, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Encyclopedias, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Organizations (Groups), Postsecondary Education as a Field of Study, Professional Associations, Research, Research and Development Centers
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: International Encyclopedia of Higher Education