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The Classical German Concept of the University and its Influence on Higher Education in the United States

Heidelberger Studien zur Erziehungswissenschaft Band 45

Hermann Röhrs

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This book attempts a critical assessment of the influence of the classical German concept of the university on the development of higher education (particularly universities) in the United States. The 9,000 or so young Americans studying at German universities in the 19th century were particularly impressed by the principle - and practice - of academic freedom. The largescale experiment they embarked upon is an example of the potential inherent in the intercultural transformation process and its effects on the development of personality and professional qualifications. A number of these students were later to become influential politicians, university presidents and professors playing an important role in initiating a broad educational reform process in the United States.

"The book is written in an absorbing style and makes for interesting reading." (W. S. Du Plessis, South African Journal of Higher Education)

The Author: Hermann Röhrs is emeritus professor of education at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He is honorary president of the World Education Fellowship (German speaking section), honorary member of the Comparative Education Society in Europe and honorary doctor of the Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki, Greece.


Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 128
Erscheinungsdatum 01.10.1995
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-3-631-49304-5
Verlag Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Maße (L/B/H) 20,8/14,8/1 cm
Gewicht 185 g

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  • Contents: The Classical Idea of the German University - The Harvard Group - Motives and Objectives of the American Students - New Universities in America modelled on the German Concept.