Higher Education, the Professions, and the Place of Expertise

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Book Chapter

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Department 1



Book Summary: Higher education and society are becoming increasingly intertwined. Both act as a transmitter of culture, yet many colleges and universities also ideally seek to create a more perfectible society and more enlightened, engaged citizens. When the connections between social structures and post-secondary education are closely entangled, the university’s aims can take on a contentious struggle for identity in a vexing web of competing external interests – especially in light of scarce economic resources, corporate pressures, technological questions, and globalizing trends.

Chapter Summary: This chapter explores the tension between increased professional specialization and the public rejection of expertise. It argues that the former contributes to the latter and concludes with advice for those who educate professionals.


Original version is available from the publisher at Peter Lang Publishing.

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