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ERIC Number: ED309654
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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The World of Work in Developing Nations: A Challenge to the University.
Maia, Nelly Aleotti
Some of the critical aspects of the relationship between the university and the world of work in developing nations are discussed with a focus on Brazil. The role of higher education in a fast developing society is examined. Phenomena concerning higher education that are universal and constant include population growth, increasing complexity of social heritage, increased rate of change, and intensification of communications. Higher education in Brazil today deals with several specific issues as follows: increasing demand; exclusiveness; quality; resources; and administrative control and centralization. Brazilian society suffers from a distorted surplus of academic titles with no productive function. The state and federal governments have tried to change this by promoting technical courses, but they have not been very effective, and thus, universities are still far from the world of work. It is concluded that universities have been inflexible and distant from real community needs, the patterns used for training teachers do not meet the needs of the world of work, and educational models in developing countries do not respond to the culture in which the schools are placed. Strategies for remedying this problem include: orderly growth and dissemination of schools; support of technical schools; strengthening the relationship between university and society; better teacher preparation; and efforts to abolish the barrier between the university and the world of work. (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil