Decline of Donnish Dominion: The British Academic Professions in the Twentieth Century

Paperback | June 1, 1995

byA. H. Halsey

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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 afailed thrust towards mass higher education. He shows how the rise of liberal economic policies was irrelevant to 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 andresearch. 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 survey reveals low morale, disappointment, and resentment; but these feelings are still combined with apersistent belief in the British idea of 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 politicaldebate.

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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 afailed thrust towards mass higher education. ...

A. H. Halsey is at Nuffield College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:June 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198279736

ISBN - 13:9780198279730

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`the picture he draws is accurate and well-incorporated into the argument ... The entire book contains a variety of charts and statistics that will be helpful for those interested in the decline of higher education. Anyone interested in a sociological approach to the problems of highereducation will find it especially useful.'CAUT Bulletin ACPPU