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Title: The SSCI Syndrome: A local or global phenomenon
Other Titles: 高教中的 SSCI 症候群: 地區或全球現象
Authors: 周祝瑛
Chou, Chuing Prudence
Contributors: 教育系
Keywords: Comparative Education
學術評鑑;大學排行;SSCI 症候群;高等教育;評鑑;台灣
Date: 2014.01
Issue Date: 2014-04-10 18:03:51 (UTC+8)
Abstract: As a result of the world class university rankings, many governments adopt public incentives and sanctions to push universities to excel. Above all, the better faculty research publication in SSCI and SCI journals, the more resources and social prestige universities will obtain. This timely book attempts to relate these dilemmas in Taiwan to many non-English speaking counterparts which also struggle with the worldwide SSCI syndrome. As Taiwan’s higher education system, similar to that of some other countries, has been recently devastated by the SSCI-based quantitative evaluations of academic performance in terms of its adverse impacts on the balances between teaching vs. research; qualitative vs. quantitative evaluations; globally oriented, English vs. locally oriented, non-English publications; and publications in academic journals vs. books, The SSCI Syndrome in Higher Education is a long overdue study that offers a systematic, comprehensive coverage of the above-mentioned SSCI syndrome on the dynamics of Taiwan’s academe. This book definitely helps fill an important gap in the literature on Taiwan’s higher education system. Tsung Chi Professor of Politics, Occidental College, USA Prudence Chou’s book addresses an academy on crisis caused by the ceaseless hype over university rankings. It further confirms that who comes out on top depends on who is doing the ranking. To save the heart and soul out of the Taiwanese academy, this book makes a cogent argument for culturally-responsive research in the social sciences and humanities. Gerard A. Postiglione Professor and Head, Division of Policy, Administration and Social Sciences Director, Wah Ching Center of Research on Education in China, The University of Hong Kong A spectre is haunting almost all universities in the world, including Taiwan — the spectre of “indexization.” Academics, particularly social scientists are panting from the pressure of globally spread neoliberal ideology and market-based principles. Collegiality on campus in the good old days has declined, and managerialism gained power instead. Competitive funding and university rankings are excessively emphasized, and research results are required to be internationalized, i.e., published in English. Although this book is a case study of so-called SSCI syndrome in Taiwan, the problems and challenges as well as prescription contained here are common to all academics, especially those in the non-English speaking countries positioned as “peripheral.” Yutaka Otsuka Professor of Hiroshima University, President of Japan Comparative Education Society The danger with SSCI syndrome is that it encourages social studies in nonwestern societies to dissociate themselves from local contexts, reflecting a particular view of what is claimed to be ‘universal’ that is informed only by the Western (especially English-speaking) world. It raises the question of what counts as ‘scholarship’ and defines what knowledge is and who may claim competence in it. This volume serves us well as a timely reminder of such a great danger. Rui Yang Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong
本書主要在探討近年來台灣高等教育中,由於高教評鑑與五年五百億等政策強調國際期刊 (SSCI, SCI, EI)論文發表數量,所造成的各種獨尊論文的問題,以及對於大學大師在教學與社會服務之影響。書中透過各種實證研究與個案範例,凸顯SSCI 論文之評鑑方式,對於台灣與所有非英語系國家學術研究之重大影響。本書集合了來自美、英、台灣、香港與馬來西亞等地之學者,堪稱近年來對於該議題之首度國際研究,希望能夠拋磚引玉,引起更多國際上的重視,進而促成各國(尤其是台灣)針對高教政策中獨尊論文等後遺症,進行全面性的檢討與政策調整。
Relation: Comparative and International Education: A Diversity of Voices, Sense Publishers , Vol.29
ISBN: 978-94-6209-407-9 (e-book)
Data Type: book/chapter
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