Accountability, Pragmatic Aims, and the American University (Hardback)
  • Accountability, Pragmatic Aims, and the American University (Hardback)

Accountability, Pragmatic Aims, and the American University (Hardback)

Hardback 140 Pages / Published: 07/12/2011
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Accountability, Pragmatic Aims, and the American University frames the debates on teaching and learning accountability in Higher Education. By examining significant historic periods in Higher Education, Martinez-Aleman explores the present apprehension about accountability in today's colleges and universities. Throughout the book's chapters, Martinez-Aleman uses the pragmatic philosophy of John Dewey to enlighten current understandings of professional freedoms and she also discusses democratic imperatives in light of accountability obligations: the teaching of undergraduates, data and empirical research on college teaching and learning, and the institutional policies for graduate student and faculty teaching development. This book reveals the tensions between the democratic character of the university-qualities that may seem irreconcilable with accountability metrics-and the corporate or managerial economies of modern American universities. Higher Education faculty, administrators, public policy makers, and students enrolled in Higher Education Masters and PhD programs will find that this book informs their practice and will serve to contribute to the debates on accountability for years to come.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415991629
Number of pages: 140
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


"Finally, the higher education community has a clear work that brings thoughtfulness to university accountability! Martinez-Aleman brings presidents and provosts to their senses with a concise, insightful guide through the uses and abuses of accountability that have pervaded -- and often derailed -- the American research university in its missions and societal influence. This work is both useful and hopeful in fusing philosophical analysis with the vitality of academic institutions."

-- John Thelin, University Research Professor in Higher Education & Public Policy, University of Kentucky

"This book offers us a reading of how the moral and democratic purposes of research universities have changed. In an era in which "public accountability" strictly has come to mean accounting, and what counts as knowledge is constrained by scientism and profit, it is refreshing to see Martinez-Aleman's unabashedly moral and political defense of higher education's democratic possibilities."

-- Benjamin Baez, Associate Professor of Higher Education, Florida International University

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