Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More - New Edition
Princeton University Press, 28.02.2009 - 440 Seiten
Drawing on a large body of empirical evidence, former Harvard President Derek Bok examines how much progress college students actually make toward widely accepted goals of undergraduate education. His conclusions are sobering. Although most students make gains in many important respects, they improve much less than they should in such important areas as writing, critical thinking, quantitative skills, and moral reasoning. Large majorities of college seniors do not feel that they have made substantial progress in speaking a foreign language, acquiring cultural and aesthetic interests, or learning what they need to know to become active and informed citizens. Overall, despite their vastly increased resources, more powerful technology, and hundreds of new courses, colleges cannot be confident that students are learning more than they did fifty years ago.
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Within a few years, Secretary of Education William Bennett and Lynne Cheney, head of the National Endowment for the Humanities, issued sharp critiques of the undergraduate curriculum along with concrete proposals for reform.2 Public ...
Many of the authors deplore the lack of any overarching purpose in the undergraduate curriculum. As Allan Bloom declares, “There is no vision, nor is there a set of competing visions, of what an educated human being is.
Yale turned “Sabbath Profanation, active disbelief in the authenticity of the Bible, and extravagant [personal] expenditures” into campus crimes.2 Most courses were prescribed in a curriculum that usually included mathematics, logic, ...
Experimental scientists and scholars of modern languages and literature were gradually gaining a foothold in the curriculum. Instructors chafed at having to spend so much time enforcing rules of behavior. Expressing their displeasure ...
At Harvard, for example, President Charles W. Eliot not only rejected the old prescribed classical curriculum, he urged that all requirements be abolished, leaving students free to study whatever appealed to their interests.
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - frisbeeguy49 - LibraryThing
In this book, Derek Bok does an incredible job of laying out the shortcomings in undergraduate education. However, he does this without failing to acknowledge the good being achieved. As a former ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - jgrann - LibraryThing
Offers a condensed, but still interesting, review of higher education as an industry - focusing on the evolving purpose of higher education and public expectations. Reviews current state of teaching ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
9 Preparing for a Global Society
10 Acquiring Broader Interests
11 Preparing for a Career
12 Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education
Afterword to the Paperback Edition
8 Living with Diversity