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Widely acknowledged as one of the great sociologists of higher education, Burton R. Clark has made substantial contributions to virtually every area in the field, thereby defining its study for generations. This collection of essays makes available a lifetime of research, scholarship, and insight from a giant in higher education and reveals how his perspectives, concepts, and research methods evolved over half a century. The result is a compelling look at the career of one of the world's leaders in higher education research. The volume presents Clark's early research studies underpinning his theories of the "cooling-out" function and organizational saga. It includes his landmark 1973 essay "Development of the Sociology of Higher Education" and other work that reflects his line of inquiry into the American national system. Essays also follow Clark's shift from organizational studies of American higher education to international comparative analysis of national systems of higher education. These selections reflect the interdisciplinary approach characterizing subsequent work. The book concludes with his most recent research on the important question of how modern universities evolve by developing the infrastructure and tools to bring about meaningful change. At once a monumental achievement and testament to an extraordinary career, On Higher Education is an invaluable resource for students, scholars, and practitioners of higher education.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801890215
ISBN-10: 0801890217
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 38mm)
Pages: 600
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 5-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Burton R. Clark

Burton R. Clark is professor emeritus of higher education at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of numerous books and journal articles, including Sustaining Change in Universities: Continuities in Case Studies and Concepts, Creating Entrepreneurial Universities: Organizational Pathways of Transformation, and Places of Inquiry: Research and Advanced Education in Modern Universities.

Books By Author Burton R. Clark

Sustaining Change in Universities by Burton R. Clark

Sustaining Change in Universities

Paperback, September 2004
$80.96
Places of Inquiry by Burton R. Clark

Places of Inquiry

Hardback, June 1995
$82.80
Higher Education System by Burton R. Clark

The Higher Education System

Paperback, August 1986
$49.49