ERIC Number: ED111734
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Sep-2
Reference Count: 0
New Uses for the Study of Political Science.
Rotella, Salvatore G.
Some possible new directions for the political science discipline are presented. Within the context of current, formal undergraduate education, political science has two major functions: (1) to provide part of the required general, social science education, and (2) to attract and prepare future recruits for the profession. These functions are referred to as "old uses." The discipline's most common career is teaching; therefore, political scientists as professionals are best at reproducing themselves. The premise for "new uses" is that, in addition to contributing to the general education of college graduates and preparation of more teachers of political science, the discipline could make a major contribution toward the preparation of professionals in the public service. Generally defined, the public service comprises that component of the world of work that is supported by public funds. The potential for "new uses" of political science lies in a conscious and determined effort within the discipline to create programs relevant to the preservice and inservice education and training of competent professionals for the public service. (Author/ND)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Core Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Educational Demand, Educational Supply, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Political Science, Professional Education, Professional Training, Public Service Occupations, Social Sciences, State of the Art Reviews
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (San Francisco, California, September 2-5, 1975)