ERIC Number: EJ794338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Academic Social Cohesion within Higher Education
Heuser, Brian L.
Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, v37 n3 p293-303 Sep 2007
This article explores the theoretical foundations of "social cohesion" as it relates to higher education institutions. In so doing it seeks (a) to understand the core elements of social cohesion--social capital, human capital and ethical behavioral norms that serve a common good--and (b) to establish a flexible framework for understanding the combined contributions of higher education to society. Tertiary institutional phenomena (those occurring in higher education) that are involved in the creation of social cohesion are hereafter termed "academic social cohesion." The particular emphasis is on higher education's role in cultivating moral awareness as a vital product of institutions' primary activities. These core functions of colleges and universities are discussed in relation to both academic social cohesion and the degree to which they should involve the creation of specific ethical norms.
Descriptors: Social Integration, Group Unity, Higher Education, Social Capital, Human Capital, Ethics, Behavior Standards, Social Behavior, Role of Education, Moral Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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