ERIC Number: ED362107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Mission of the University (Mision de la universidad).
Ortega y Gasset, Jose; Nostrand, Howard Lee, Ed.
In this book a 20th century Spanish philosopher attempts to answer two essential questions concerning the mission of higher education: first, what is the knowledge most worth knowing by all students? and, second, what is the function of the university in a modern democracy? The writer defines four primary missions for the university: (1) the teaching of the learned professions; (2) the fostering of scientific research; (3) training for political leadership; and (4) the creation of cultured persons with the ability to make intellectual interpretations of the world. This new edition also contains an new introduction (by Clark Kerr) in which the author's ideas are analyzed in their historical context and in which speculations are raised on how the great issues dealt with in the text can be made contemporary for modern students facing the challenges and uncertainties of the 21st century. Contains an index. (GLR)
Descriptors: College Role, Colleges, Cultural Education, Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Quality, Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Political Science, Professional Education, Relevance (Education), Research, Universities
Transaction Publishers, Department NRB93HE, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ 08903 ($18.95).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers; Translations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Originally published in 1944 by Princeton University Press. Translated by Howard Lee Nostrand.