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ERIC Number: ED453721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Pages: 73
Abstractor: N/A
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Higher Education Relevance in the 21st Century.
Gibbons, Michael
The model presented in this paper sets forth a view of the relevance of higher education in the 21st century that begins from the changes that are taking place in the production of knowledge. The organization of this model is designed to draw attention to the fact that for the most part universities are organized according to the structures of disciplinary science, and that these structures are being altered by social forces. The major change has been the emergence of a distributed knowledge production system within which knowledge is characterized by new attributes. The main change as far as universities are concerned is that knowledge production and dissemination (research and teaching) are no longer self-contained quasi-monopolistic activities carried out in relative institutional isolation. The real challenge for universities will be the training of knowledge workers. The research practices of universities and those of other knowledge producers are drawing closer. Knowledge is less likely to be produced where it will be needed, and universities must make use of intellectual resources they do not own fully so that they can interact effectively with the distributed knowledge production system. Universities of the 21st century will develop more and different kinds of links with surrounding society. (Contains 1 figure and 13 references.) (SLD)
Post/Basic Education and Training Team, Human Development Network/Education, The World Bank, 1818 H Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20433-0002. Fax: 202-522-3233; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Bank, Washington, DC.