ERIC Number: ED030373
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Dec-6
Reference Count: 0
Does Graduate Education Deserve NDEA Support?
Predmore, Richard L.
The power of US contemporary technological society is generated in the universities --especially in graduate schools-- but if graduate education fails to contribute substantial benefits to society, it should not be awarded indefinite financial support from the federal government. The comfort, power, and prosperity enjoyed in our age are accompanied by interrelated hazards such as pollution, war, poverty, famine, noise, disturbed ecological balances, loss of privacy, and crumbling social and political institutions. Criticism of the narrow specialization of graduate education can no longer be ignored, since there is a desperate need for people with generalist outlooks who are interested in how their disciplines may erase some of the ills that afflict modern civilization, and who can deal with complexity rather than with simplified abstractions. Future scientists should be instilled with a sense of responsibility to increase the understanding of science by the public at large, and to alert society to the perils brought about by scientific applications that are unfavorable to human welfare. Graduate departments should relate individual disciplines to other disciplines, to the needs of society, and to legal, moral, or other issues that are appropriate. These changes would expand educational perspectives and provide room for novel elements, yet they would not preclude the achievement of specialized competence in established fields. (WM)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the 8th Annual Meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, San Francisco, California, December 4-6, 1968