ERIC Number: ED127885
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
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Functional Tensions in the University.
Roemer, Robert E.
A possible analysis of the functions of the university is that it is both a cultural and an institutional function. The cultural function centers on the pursuit of meaning, the institutional function on the acquisition of the material resources needed for this pursuit. Moreover, a great many future possibilities are open to the university once it is realized that its cultural function is not limited to the pursuit of knowledge but encompasses the full range of meaning. On the basis of this analysis, current developments in the university can be interpreted. Teaching and research contribute to both these functions, and this gives rise to an enduring tension in the university. This tension is not likely to be dissolved by the elimination of either the cultural or the institutional function, nor is the performance of the institutional function likely to be effortless in the foreseeable future. Even though some aspects of this tension will be reduced by the growth of alternate forms of postsecondary education, coping with functional tension, especially in the activities of teaching and research, will continue to be a necessary task for those engaged in university work. (Author)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Educational Objectives, Higher Education, Research, Role Perception, Teaching, Universities
Division of Education, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas 78285
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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