Academic specialization


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, specialization (or specialisation) may be a course of study or
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at an academic institution or may refer to the field in which a specialist practices. In the case of an educator, academic specialization pertains to the subject that he specializes in and teaches. It is considered a precondition of objective truth and works by restricting the mind's propensity for
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through methodological rigor and studious effort. It is also employed as an information-management strategy, which operates by fragmenting an issue into different aspective fields or areas of expertise to obtain truth.


As the volume of knowledge accumulated by humanity became too great, increasing specialization in academia appeared in response. There are also cases when this concept emerged from state policy-making to pursue goals such as national competitiveness. For instance, there is the case of
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who began coordinating academic specialization - through the founding of the
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- to catch up to the
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, particularly in the fields of scientific and technical education.

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