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Riddle remains in academically adrift.(SYMPOSIUM: ACADEMICALLY ADRIFT)(Essay)

Attewell, Paul

Society, May, 2011, Vol.48(3), p.225(2) [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Riddle remains in academically adrift.(SYMPOSIUM: ACADEMICALLY ADRIFT)(Essay)
  • Autor: Attewell, Paul
  • Assuntos: Sociologists -- Criticism And Interpretation ; College Faculty -- Criticism And Interpretation
  • É parte de: Society, May, 2011, Vol.48(3), p.225(2)
  • Descrição: The temptation faced by a modern Dr. Faustus is whether to write a book that fully explores the complexity of an academic topic, or whether to go for a Big Message instead, something that publishers generally prefer. Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa’s (hereafter A&R’s) important new book Academically Adrift exemplifies this dilemma. It is packed with scholarly detail, interesting discussions of previous research, statistical models and new findings. At the same time it builds a sweeping argument, often taking a moralistic tone. The scholarship that underlies the book is impressive, but the sweeping conclusions sometimes reach beyond the evidentiary base, and nuances and limitations are set aside when the text turns to the big picture. The book begins with a broad indictment of higher education today, weaving together others’ research and A&R’s new findings: Undergraduates can’t reason or write well. They are unfocused and aimless. Professors neglect teaching in favor of a “quasi religious” ...
  • Idioma: English

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