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ERIC Number: ED187186
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Academic Culture.
Clark, Burton R.
With fragmentation the dominant trend in academic settings around the world, the larger wholes of profession, enterprise, and system are less held together by integrative ideology. Strong ideological bonding is characteristic of the parts, primarily the disciplines. The larger aggregations are made whole mainly by formal superstructure, many linked levels of bureaucracy from campus administration to multi-campus organs to regional or provincial machinery and up to the national level of administrative and political oversight. Ideologies exist in the superstructure but more as doctrines that loosely legitimate diverse activities than as sets of specific ideas that give commonness to their holders. The newer ideas are broad in scope and necessarily diffuse, stretching over diverse clienteles, programs, and connections to job markets, providing little link with the traditional academic community. This is not the end of ideology in the academic world, but a vast reshaping. Structural changes in education weakened ideologies of the whole while strengthening those of component parts. Academic ideologies serve as an emotional bonding and moral capital, but are increasingly pluralistic, tied to the primacy of the discipline and the profession. (Author/MSE)
Higher Education Research Group, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University, 1732 Yale Station, New Haven, CT 06520
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.; Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Yale Univ., New Haven, CT. Inst. for Social and Policy Studies.