ERIC Number: ED368251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
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What Are the "Needs of Industry"?
Tasker, Mary; Packham, David
If the purpose of industry is the good of society or of the planet as a whole, then how does higher education meet the needs of industry, particularly in the United Kingdom? Industry needs a trained work force of high quality recruits who are both educated and morally and environmentally aware. However, in the current debate over moral training, there is no consensus as traditional Christian morality is regarded as too idealistic and impractical and the promises of the "capitalistic" ethic have not been fulfilled for the bulk of society. Higher education's role in helping capitalism and furthering the good of both society at large and the planet may involve introducing ethical dimensions into degree programs, particular in science, technology and business affairs. From a material scientist's point of view graduates of science and technology programs must understand that technical change is the outcome of social, cultural and political factors. From the educator's point of view current educational policy includes school-industry collaboration and points up the need for students to understand the moral values under wealth creation and entrepreneurship. (Contains 16 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: United Kingdom
Note: Paper presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education Conference (Guildford, England, December 1990).