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ERIC Number: ED374725
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May-13
Pages: 15
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Toffler's Powershift: Creating New Knowledge Bases in Higher Education.
Powers, Patrick James
This paper examines the creation of new knowledge bases in higher education in light of the ideas of Alvin Toffler, whose trilogy "Future Shock" (1970), "The Third Wave" (1980), and "Powershift" (1990) focus on the processes, directions, and control of change, respectively. It discusses the increasingly important role that knowledge bases, the body of knowledge and structure of a discipline, play in higher education. The increasingly rapid change that such knowledge bases are undergoing in light of the technological and information revolutions brought about by computers are also reviewed. The ultimate effect of a knowledge base is seen as increased legitimacy for higher education as well as reaffirmation of higher education's control, authority, and influence over specific disciplines while responding to the new power brokers of knowledge and requests for accountability in a rapidly changing world. (MDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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