ERIC Number: ED416586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb-23
The Confusing Expectations for Education.
Farquhar, Robin H.
Frequently, the expectations placed on education can lead to confusion over its mission. How one college president, at career end, views the purpose of education is presented in this address. The paper details how educators have tried to meet myriad demands in the face of eroding social support systems, claiming that educators must limit their concerns to those held by people who have the greatest stake in education: students and parents, employers, and postsecondary schools. It looks at parents' directives and how difficult it can be to reconcile these demands with the educational mission. The paper cites examples of what business leaders want from education, such as autonomous learners and good communicators, and describes how educational administration shares many of the same features of management elsewhere, such as in its authority structures, the complexity of communication, and the rigors of evaluation, all of which influence academic administration as much as it does business management. The emphasis here is on the inherent incompatibility of university management: the university depends on freedom and diverse views while management relies on control and unified vision. In the face of such contradictory demands, educational managers are advised to set up their own expectations and work to fulfill those goals. (RJM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Professional Development Day of the Teachers' Federation of Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario, February 23, 1996).