On the Problem of the Latent Grounds of Higher Education

By Irina Mitina.

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The social institute of higher education arose within the class-structured aristocratic society and initially pursued extra-practical goals. However, the classical or liberal model of higher education had originated rich premises for independent creative thought and promoted the scientific achievements. The contemporary, or democratic model of higher education appeared parallel with the processes of democratization and industrialization as educational needs developed in a great number of professions. The contemporary model of higher education withdrew numerous components of the classical model as redundant. The focus on the narrow professional aims became one of its basic traits. I consider this model as an embodiment of the idea of rationalization of the social life by M. Weber. The contemporary model of higher education contributed to the success of science and technology. Nevertheless, course of events especially the transition to the post-industrial development and high technology production showed serious shortcomings of this model and prompted its improvement.
In my paper I discuss whether the redundant components of the classical model of higher education have a rational expediency and search latent functions and latent rationality of the classical model in order to find out what would be useful at present.

Keywords: Latent Rationality, Latent Functions, Types of Latent Functions, Latent Grounds of Higher Education, Classical or Liberal Model of Higher Education, Contemporary or Democratic Model of Higher Education, Goals of Higher Education

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 10, pp.537-552. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.275MB).

Prof. Irina Mitina

Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Culturology and Philosophy of Science, Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russian Federation

Irina Mitina is currently Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy, Culturology, and Philosophy of Science at the Southern Federal University in Rostov-on-Don, Russian Federation. Her research interests are in Social and Political Philosophy, Global Studies, and Cultural Researches. She has published book (‘Inequality: social-philosophical analysis’, 2005) as well as more than 110 journal articles, conference papers, book reviews. She is co-author of three text-books. Her new book on problem of the forming of social and professional identity of the contemporary Russian students is in print. She has had extensive experience in teaching including in leadership of doctoral researches. She participated in a number of International Conferences. She is currently working on books on philosophy of art of ‘Silver Age’ of Russian culture and on the problem to form common European identity.

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