ERIC Number: EJ812819
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
The Nature of the Gift: Accountability and the Professor-Student Relationship
Martinez-Aleman, Ana M.
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v39 n6 p574-591 Oct 2007
In this paper I introduce the theory of gift giving as a possible means to reconcile the contradictions inherent in accountability measures of "faculty productivity" in the American university. In this paper I sketch the theory of gift economies to show how, given the historical ideals that characterize the faculty-student relationship, a theory of gift giving could help us better judge the labor of the faculty. I suggest that it is the relational character of teaching that frustrates accountability measures and that perhaps if viewed as a gift economy--and in particular an economy with "reproductive" ends--we could better grasp the effectiveness of these relationships.
Descriptors: Productivity, Accountability, Teacher Student Relationship, College Faculty, Higher Education, Educational History
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Education Level: Higher Education
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