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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Despite the favorable opinions of undergraduates and alumni, a closer look at the record in the chapters that follow shows that colleges and universities, for all the benefits they bring, accomplish far less for their students than they ...
Even a century later, less than 2 percent of young people were attending college. Serious research had barely gained a foothold on the nation's campuses, and entire fields of knowledge that are common today were still unknown.
... less than a peak educational experience, even for the best students at the most prestigious institutions. In terms reminiscent of Henry Adams, McGeorge Bundy dismissed most of his studies at Yale as “a terrible waste of time.
The conformities of that age may have seemed less visible than the campus orthodoxies of today, but that is only because they were much more closely aligned with the prevailing social attitudes of the time. According to one large-scale ...
The net effect of this process is less striking, however, since much of the increase in the number of women entering business was offset by a decline in the number of women seeking degrees in education. Moreover, many of the the women ...
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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
4 Learning to Communicate
5 Learning to Think
6 Building Character
7 Preparation for Citizenship
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