ERIC Number: ED415722
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
The Quest for Quality. Sixteen Forms of Heresy in Higher Education.
This book is an exploration of the current debate about quality in higher education. Using a construct of "heresies," it suggests a set of guiding principles in four key areas of university life: curriculum (because selecting what is worth learning in universities is not random); teaching methods (because universities offer opportunities for learning that one cannot do on one's own); research (because some research is better carried out alongside teaching rather than in other settings); and college organization (because institutions are ends as well as means in meeting social demands). The book suggests one possible approach toward a philosophy of higher education, arguing that because uncertainty is endemic in most research on the process or means of higher education, it is fundamentally impossible to achieve philosophical consensus regarding the purposes of higher education. It is further argued that what is needed are threshold measures of quality that identify effective practice rather than ratings-based judgments of sufficiency. Chapters cover the study of higher education, curriculum, teaching methods, research, college organization, and students. The appendix defines the 16 forms of heresy: determinism, academicism, utilitarianism, survivalism, pedagogicism, abstractionism, occupationalism, mechanism, sponsorism, libertarianism, departmentalism, opportunism, collegialism, monasticism, homogenism, and individualism. (Contains 250 references.) (CH)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, College Outcomes Assessment, Core Curriculum, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Educational Quality, Educational Responsibility, Educational Theories, Effective Schools Research, Excellence in Education, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Organization, Politics of Education, Research, Role of Education, School Community Relationship, School Restructuring, School Role, Teaching Methods, Theory Practice Relationship
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Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Society for Research into Higher Education, Ltd., London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)