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ERIC Number: ED299902
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 376
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-931050-32-4
The Academic Life. Small Worlds, Different Worlds. A Carnegie Foundation Special Report.
Clark, Burton R.
The condition of the academic profession today is examined with a focus on the teaching and research functions in the academy. The diverse settings in which academics work are considered in three parts: (1) the foundations of the academic profession (the evolution of institutions; the elaboration of disciplines; and the open system); (2) the dimensions of academic professionalism (the imperatives of academic work; the enclosures of culture; the grip of authority; the promises of career; and the ties of association); and (3) the logic of the profession. Three judgments on the logic of the academic profession in America deal with: the hegemony of subjects; the dual commitment of academics to subjects and institutions, which greatly strengthens centrifugal forces in the profession; and the nature of research and teaching as human activities that promote the tendency for academic life to remain a calling. Appended are research focus and procedures; American disciplinary associations (1985); supplementary tables on the imperatives of academic work, the enclosures of culture, and the promises of career. Contains 11 pages of references and 17 tables. (SM)
Princeton University Press, 3175 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 ($12.50, paper--ISBN-0-931050-32-4; $24.50, hardback--ISBN-0-931050-31-6).
Publication Type: Reports - General; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Princeton, NJ.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A