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ERIC Number: ED399974
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 17
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The Diverted Dream Revisited.
Clowes, Darrel
In their book, "The Diverted Dream," Brint and Karabel describe the growth of the American community college movement from 1900 to 1985 and claim that the colleges no longer act as stepping stones to four-year colleges and universities. Instead, the authors claim, the colleges are vocationalizing curricula and focusing on preparing students for work, thus limiting their opportunities for advancement in American society. The book provided historical research and a case study of Massachusetts community colleges to show that the community college used an institutional model, rather than a consumer's choice or business model, to transform into predominantly vocational schools and that this model was strongly influenced by college leaders seeking a niche for the colleges in higher education. While the book received both favorable and negative reviews, the most laudatory were written by social science researchers, citing the book's well-researched history and placement of the colleges within an institutional context. Reviews written by vocational advocates and community college personnel tended to challenge the authors' conclusions, arguing that the institutional samples used in the analyses were too limited or not representative. Regardless of the different reactions, the book presents an important challenge to college leaders to establish sound measures of effectiveness and begin collecting solid data on college outcomes. Contains 10 references and a list of 17 reviews of the book. (AJL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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