ERIC Number: ED112785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
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The Useful Arts and the Liberal Tradition. Last in a Series of Fifteen Profiles.
Cheit, Earl F.
For well over a hundred years, the traditional academic disciplines have been coexisting somewhat restlessly with an array of professional schools that not only are relative newcomers to the campus scene but also are concerned with teaching young people how to do things as well as to think and understand. The schools for four of these useful professions--agriculture, engineering, business administration, and forestry--when examined are found to be just as much concerned about how they should relate to the rest of higher education as other disciplines have been about how they should accomodate the "new professions." The rise of interest in vocationalism, which is bringing to the fore tension between useful and liberal in a new way and in a new context, adds urgency to the search for new models in liberal education, and prompts liberal arts institutions to adopt as their own, methods long in use by the new professional schools. The experience of the new professions provides not only a challenge and a model for liberal education, but also provides one of the strongest arguments for its importance. (Author)
Descriptors: Business Administration, Business Administration Education, Career Development, Educational Methods, Engineering, Forestry, Higher Education, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Professional Education
McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10020 ($10.00)
Publication Type: Books
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Authoring Institution: Carnegie Commission on Higher Education , Berkeley, CA.