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Author Halsey, A. H.

Title Decline of donnish dominion : the British academic professions in the twentieth century / A.H. Halsey.

Published Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Giblin Eunson  378.41 HALS    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 344 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [333]-339) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction -- Pt. I. Before Robbins. 2. Ideas of the University. 3. The Evolving Hierarchy before Robbins -- Pt. II. After Robbins. 4. Expansion since Robbins. 5. Towards a Unitary Higher Education. 6. Guild, Union, Profession, and Proletariat -- Pt. III. The Academic Career. 7. The Collegiate Alternative: The Case of Oxford. 8. Teaching and Research. 9. A Successful Academic Career. 10. Women and Men. 11. Academics and Politics. 12. Conclusion -- Appendix 1. Surveys, Methods, and Trend Statistics -- Appendix 2. Logistic Regressions (Muriel Egerton).
Summary British higher education is internationally perceived as being in crisis. In this book A. H. Halsey examines how the present-day situation developed. Beginning with the 1963 Robbins Report, he argues that, despite the subsequent expansion of higher education, this initiative represented a failed thrust towards mass higher education. He shows how the rise of liberal economic policies reinforced the long-term decline of academic power, and demonstrates how power has ebbed away from academics towards government, and towards students and industry as consumers of education and research. Professor Halsey's arguments are buttressed by extensive surveys, carried out in 1964, 1976, and 1989, which chart the development of academic opinion in universities and polytechnics. The surveys reveal low morale, disappointment, and resentment; but these feelings are still combined with a persistent belief in the British idea of a university.
Professor Halsey's discussion and analysis provide vital information about the current state of Britain's higher education system and offer an important contribution to the fierce debate about educational and training policies which is currently one of the central topics of British politics.
Subject Education, Higher -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
College teaching -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Education, Higher -- Aims and objectives -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Educational sociology -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 0198273762