Knowledge for Social Change: Bacon, Dewey, and the Revolutionary Transformation of Research Universities in the Twenty-First Century (Hardcover)

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Employing history, social theory, and a detailed contemporary case study, Knowledge for Social Change argues for fundamentally reshaping research universities to function as democratic, civic, and community-engaged institutions dedicated to advancing learning and knowledge for social change. The authors focus on significant contributions to learning made by Francis Bacon, Benjamin Franklin, Seth Low, Jane Addams, William Rainey Harper, and John Dewey--as well as their own work at Penn's Netter Center for Community Partnerships--to help create and sustain democratically-engaged colleges and universities for the public good.

Knowledge for Social Change highlights university-assisted community schools to effect a thoroughgoing change of research universities that will contribute to more democratic schools, communities, and societies. The authors also call on democratic-minded academics to create and sustain a global movement dedicated to advancing learning for the "relief of man's estate"--an iconic phrase by Francis Bacon that emphasized the continued betterment of the human condition--and to realize Dewey's vision of an organic "Great Community" composed of participatory, democratic, collaborative, and interdependent societies.

About the Author


Lee Benson (1922-2012) was Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Pennsylvania and co-author of Dewey's Dream: Universities and Democracies in an Age of Education Reform (Temple). Ira Harkavy is Associate Vice President and Founding Director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania and co-author of Dewey's Dream: Universities and Democracies in an Age of Education Reform (Temple). John Puckett is Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and co-author of Dewey's Dream: Universities and Democracies in an Age of Education Reform (Temple). Matthew Hartley serves as Associate Dean in the Graduate School of Education and Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also co-editor of "To Serve a Larger Purpose" Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education (Temple). Rita A. Hodges is Assistant Director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania. Francis E. Johnston is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Joann Weeks is Associate Director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781439915189
ISBN-10: 1439915180
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication Date: July 1st, 2017
Pages: 206
Language: English