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ERIC Number: EJ898922
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1609
The Fully Functioning University
Bourner, Tom
Higher Education Review, v40 n2 p3-23 Spr 2008
This article offers an answer to the question: What goals have persisted across all the stages of the development of the Western university? The main conclusion is that the following three goals have been the common threads: the higher education of students, the advancement of knowledge, and service to those outside the walls of the university. However, in successive stages in the history of the university one or other of these goals has dominated the other two--which have been constrained to serve the dominant goal. A university cannot function fully if must interpret two of its goals in ways that serve a third. The article introduces the concepts of a "post-Humboldtian university" which values each of these goals in its own right, and the "fully functioning university" as one which expresses the three goals as fully as it can. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany; United Kingdom (England)
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