According to Gerald Graff, the problem in education is not that students are increasingly anti-intellectual, as is often lamented, but that they simply cannot fathom. NOVEMBER Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind by Gerald Graff. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, Clueless in Academe: An Interview with Gerald Graff. John Warner. Virginia Tech University. A common scene: In class, I ask for a student to summarize the.
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This book made me rethink some of my expectations of students at the early college level and how I go about helping them progress.
The book is also very well-written and very well-focused. Kimberly rated it really liked it Apr 27, There are some fine ideas about how to teach at both the university and the high school level.
In any case I loved this book. Offering examples drawn from his own teaching experiences, as well as those of other high school and college faculty, Graff suggests concrete ways to make our own academic writing more accessible and understandable.
A worthwhile work trapped in an enigma. Nov 01, Mickey rated it really liked it. Never do students appear as victims or categorically incapable of learning.
Intelligently, humanely, Gerald Graff is bringing all of these questions back home to the classroom, which, at least for now, seems exactly where they belong.
Clueless in Academe : How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind
Because, as Graff suggests, academic life and “real” life in fact are closely parallel and require many of the same skills of reasoning and discourse in order to succeed: What should students learn?
And it did all of this while recognizing that intelligent readers may disagree, and that there is room for that disagreement. Although Graff recognizes the value-laden land mine surrounding his choice of the term “clueless” to characterize students, he does an excellent job of discussing this potentially sensitive assertion with honor and respect.
I like this guy’s mix of humor and idealism.
Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind
Sep 14, Lisa rated it liked it. Education itself is not for the bookish or the erudite, it’s for everyone and too often, intellectualism, one person’s idea of what intellectualism should be such as a professor’swill scare off the students instead of inviting them to become intellectuals themselves. This approach needed to be cultivated rather than avoided.
How to develop a logical and applicable argument in the academic world? And it did all of this while recognizing that intelligent readers may disagree, and Sometimes you run into an intellectual companion who seems to say everything that you’ve been searching for ways to communicate. Mar 29, Lane Wilkinson rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 11, Lindsey rated it really liked it. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. This was technically my second reading of this book, but I read it once as a graduate student and opted to read it anew as I approach the end of my doctoral work and found, as I myself struggle with elements of impostor syndrome, that this book still has merit after years of study in higher education.
Save it for the schoolyear if you’re a teacher or student. In the wake of theory, in the wake of feminism, post-colonial criticism and all the rest, what is a liberal arts education supposed to be about? Sep 19, Sarah rated it really liked it.
Specialty areas of university professors strike too many students as a distant, impregnable fortress.
Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind by Gerald Graff
How Schooling Obscures the Life clueleds the Mind. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? Why should this even matter to most students? I find it hard to disagree with him on most points, but I don’t think our society is ready to take the nerd out of intellectualism.
Why are the most “successful” students from grade school up to college often those who do not ask questions, break rules, or take risks? Graff will aid all the old school teachers and professors aacademe their hangups over first person writing, etc. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
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I found this book honest, open, bracing and brilliant. In a sense, he takes the reader on a journey behind the veil of academic life, revealing some raw and contested views on academic thinking, writing and teaching. What should students learn?
The education found in skilled argument does extend beyond just one field, so there is strength to this argument and I would recommend that anyone interested in education read this book in some detail as an idea of the challenges in modern education as a field and the realities or perception of the realities in current college education.