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The Social Role of Higher Education

Comparative Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Ken Kempner, William G Tierney


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Originally published in 1996 The Social Role of Higher Education is an anthology of nine papers, it presents cases studies showing how culture influences the social role of higher education in various nations. It examines how environments get defined and how they shape universities, and how knowledge and academic work interact in national contexts. This book focuses on how both developed and developing countries' systems of higher education are affected by their own culture and their place within the larger global context. 

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Preface

1. Academic Culture in an International Context, Ken Kempner and William G. Tierney

2. The Academic Profession and the Culture of the Faculty: A Perspective on Latin American Universities, William G. Tierney

3. The Modernist Traditions of Japanese Higher Education, Ken Kempner and Misao Makino

4. Cultural Influences on Higher Education in Thailand, Varaporn Bovonsiri, Pornlerd Uampuang, and Gerald Fox

5. Modernity on the Periphery: Expansion and Cultural Change in Mexican Public Universities, Rollin Kent

6. Culture and the Role of Women in Latin American University: The Case of the University of Costa Rica, Susan B. Twombly

7. The Political Economy of Entrepreneurial Culture in Higher Education: Policies toward Foreign Students in Australia and the United States, Gary Rhoades and Don Smart

8. The Educational Decentralization in Latin America: The Case of Chile, Claudio Figueroa and Marcos Valle

9. Private and Public Intellectuals in Finland, Jussi Välimaa

Contributors Index

About the Editors

Ken Kempner is Professor Emeritus, Department of Social Sciences, Policy, and Culture, Southern Oregon University. Ken does research in Educational Policy, Educational Leadership and Comparative Education. His latest research project and paper is: 'Security Issues and the Public Good in Arab Universities: Faculty Perspectives.'

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Higher Education

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1964 and 2002, draw together research by leading academics in the area of higher education, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines the concepts of learning, teaching, student experience and administration in relation to the higher education through the areas of business, sociology, education reforms, government, educational policy, business and religion, whilst also exploring the general principles and practices of higher education in various countries. This set will be of particular interest to students and practitioners of education, politics and sociology.

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