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The Decline of the Guru

The Academic Profession in Developing and Middle-Income Countries



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The academic profession faces new challenges everywhere. The pressures of mass higher education, accountability, fiscal constraints, distance education and the new technologies, and changing attitudes concerning academic work have combined to place unprecedented strains on the professoriate. There is no country that has avoided these challenges, although the changes vary. This book brings together some of the best analysts of the academic profession in a wide ranging comparative analysis of the changing academic workplace. The stress here is on middle income and developing countries, but the issues discussed are relevant everywhere. This book, precisely because of its comparative and international perspective, is useful worldwide. Among the topics considered in the case study chapters are: the changing demographics of the academic profession, including the role of gender in the professoriate; new developments in academic appointments, including the terms of academic work, evaluation of professors, and the tenure system; external pressures on the academic profession, including demands for accountability, threats to academic freedom, and others; the changing nature of academic work, including patterns of teaching and evaluation of students and increases in teaching responsibilities; the role of research in a changing academic environment; the impact of the new technologies and distance education; and future prospects for the professoriate.

Author Biography

PHILIP G. ALTBACH is J. Donald Monan, SJ Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College. He has written extensively about the academic profession, and is editor of Comparative Perspectives on the Academic Profession, The International Academic Profession: Portraits from 14 Countries and other books.
Release date NZ
May 12th, 2003
Edited by Philip, G. Altbach
Country of Publication
United States
VIII, 338 p.
Palgrave Macmillan
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