ERIC Number: ED115649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
A Time Half Dead at the Top: The Professional Societies and the Reform of Schooling in America--1955-1975.
Bergstrom, Rosemary; Olson, Paul A.
This report contains critiques of American professional societies by the Study Commission on Undergraduate Education and the Education of Teachers. The critiques examine the following five areas: (1) effects of professional societies on curriculum, preparation of teachers, and programs in public schools; (2) effects of professional societies on educational reform in higher education, on departmental divisions, and on curriculum of higher education; (3) the professional society's own informal curriculum and socialization process; (4) accreditation activities of professional societies; and (5) lobbying activities of professional societies and their effect on undergraduate education. The commission evaluated data received from professional societies and believes that by and large professional societies tend to be more concerned with their own status and the status of their disciplines than in disseminating knowledge of their disciplines or in improving young people's education in their disciplines. The critiques are divided into sections on scientific societies, social science professional societies, and humanities. Supplementary essays on broad themes are included along with the critiques evaluating specific professional societies. The report makes recommendations for making professional societies more responsive to the needs of the society and the public whose tax money helps support them. (CD)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Federal Legislation, Humanities, Professional Associations, Professional Occupations, Sciences, Social Sciences, Socialization, Standards, State Licensing Boards
Nebraska Curriculum Development Center, Andrews Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska 58508 (No price quoted)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Nebraska Univ., Lincoln. Curriculum Development Center.