The Changing Academy – The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective

Biographies and Careers throughout Academic Life

Editors: Galaz-Fontes, J.F., Arimoto, A., Teichler, U., Brennan, J. (Eds.)

  • Offers the most up-to date and far-reaching empirical results so far 
  • Provides a “snapshot” picture of the academic profession for each participating country 
  • Links some of the results to the findings of the 1992 survey of the academic profession
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The book draws on the 2007 Changing Academic Profession international survey in order to document the personal characteristics, career trajectories, sense of identity/commitment and job satisfaction of academics in 14 countries with different levels of economic and social development and different higher education systems. With nearly 26,000 academics surveyed in 19 countries (of which 14 are reporting their results in this volume), the empirical basis of the book is the most up-to-date and far-reaching in the area.

With major changes taking place both in the local and global contexts of higher education and in the working conditions within individual universities, as exemplified by increasing managerialism and performance-based funding, it is important to consider the impact of these changes on the profiles and working lives of the academic profession across different countries. But it is also important to look at the ways in which the faculty’s changing profile impacts on the organisation and management of universities and on the delivery of their central functions.

Although not always obvious in the short-term, academic work and its conditions attract, incorporate and promote different types of individuals who, in turn, exert considerable influence on the nature of academic work, higher education institutions and, potentially, society. As faculty members are central to the teaching, research and service enterprise activities of higher education, it is important to understand their personal characteristics, career trajectories, sense of identity and commitment, and job satisfaction. These are central for understanding the academic profession in general and, in particular, the factors affecting their involvement and productivity in the work of their institutions. These are a complex result of a mixture of contextual factors (e.g. the status and regulatory framework of the higher education system, the features and atmosphere of the particular institution) and personal factors (e.g. gender, educational attainment, family background, attitudes to work and broader social values).This book examines the different situations facing the academic profession in individual countries and provides comparative studies of country differences.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Biographies and Careers Throughout Academic Life: Introductory Comments

    Galaz-Fontes, Jesús F. (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • Identity Features and Working Conditions of Argentine Academics: A Comparative Study of Two Disciplinary Communities

    Leal, Mercedes (et al.)

    Pages 11-29

  • Brazilian Higher Education: Converging Trajectory Patterns in a Diverse Institutional Environment

    Balbachevsky, Elizabeth

    Pages 31-45

  • Personal Characteristics, Career Trajectory and Job Satisfaction of Academics in Malaysia

    Pang, Vincent (et al.)

    Pages 47-65

  • The Mexican Academic Profession Between Centuries: Who are the Actors?

    Gil-Antón, Manuel (et al.)

    Pages 67-87

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eBook $99.00
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Biographies and Careers throughout Academic Life
Editors
  • Jesús F. Galaz-Fontes
  • Akira Arimoto
  • Ulrich Teichler
  • John Brennan
Series Title
The Changing Academy – The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective
Series Volume
16
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-27493-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-27493-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-27491-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 392
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations, 31 illustrations in colour
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