ERIC Number: ED094624
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
American Learned Societies in Transition: The Impact of Dissent and Recession.
Bloland, Harland G.; Bloland, Sue M.
In covering the campus unrest of the late 1960's the news media, absorbed in the drama of student demonstrations, largely ignored the quieter activities of radical faculties. These activities, however, have wrought some significant changes not only in the structures of power within the profession, but also in the directions of research and teaching within the academic disciplines. To bring about such changes, many radical faculty joined with like-minded colleagues in the national learned societies. These large organizations exert a powerful influence on the entire academic environment and present a natural target for reformist activity. The formation of caucuses within the societies, their conflicts with organizational leadership, and their sometimes debilitating internal squabbles form the history of higher education. This document pieces together an account of this brief period and probes the impact of caucuses upon the internal structure of learned societies and upon the theoretical and methodological perspectives of the disciplines that these organizations represent. In conclusion, they outline some reasons for the growth of a new faculty organization--the union--and speculate on the possible repercussions of this growth for the future character of the learned society in the United States. (Author/MJM)
Descriptors: Activism, Change Agents, College Faculty, Educational Change, Faculty Organizations, Higher Education
McGraw-Hill Book Company, Hightstown, New Jersey 08520
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Commission on Higher Education , Berkeley, CA.