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A New Agenda for Higher Education. Shaping a Life of the Mind for Practice. Jossey-Bass/Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

  • ID: 2213610
  • Book
  • April 2008
  • 272 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

A New Model of Undergraduate Teaching

A New Agenda for Higher Education proposes a model of undergraduate teaching that combines the academic with the professionally practical, focusing on the interdependence of liberal education and professional training. At its most effective, say the authors, liberal education provides students with the intellectual capacity to make sense of their environment and reflect on their place in the world. Professional education, by contrast, must provide the knowledge essential to a particular field of endeavor but also ways in which students can engage this knowledge for the common good. This book shows how both liberal arts educators and educators of professionals can collaborate to realize the goals of liberal and professional learning more effectively. It offers faculty a powerful set of examples of teachers who are working to sustain a broader vision of practical reasoning and public responsibility in their respective disciplines and in the lives of their students.

"The issues raised in A New Agenda for Higher Education are important to the shape of teaching, learning, career preparation, and the very values and priorities of the modern university."
—Bobby Fong, president, Butler University

"This is a well–crafted book based on what must have been a fascinating seminar. I felt that in reading the book I was part of an ongoing dialogue stimulated by the seminar. That′s high praise coming from someone who is rather burnt out by years of talk, talk, talk in academia and who wants to see action, action, action for a change. But I realize that discourse frames action and this is a very constructive discourse."
—W. Robert Connor, president, The Teagle Foundation

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Foreword vii
Lee S. Shulman and Gary D. Fenstermacher

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xxvii

About the Authors xxix

Introduction 1

1. Partners in the Field: Part One 25
Elliot N. Dorff, Arthur S. Elstein, and Barbara S. Stengel

2. Partners in the Field: Part Two 46
Gary Lee Downey, Daisy Hurst Floyd, and William C. Spohn

3. A Narrative of the Seminar 73

4. Practical Reason as an Educational Agenda 93

Conclusion: Taking Formative Action 127

Appendix One: Partner Syllabi 145

Hessel Bouma III, “Human Biology,” Calvin College

Elliot N. Dorff, “Issues in Jewish Ethics,” American Jewish University

Gary Lee Downey and Juan Lucena, “Engineering Cultures,” Virginia Tech and Colorado School of Mines

Daisy Hurst Floyd, “Advanced Legal Ethics: Finding Joy and Satisfaction in Legal Life,” Mercer University School of Law

Allen S. Hammond IV, “Contracts,” Santa Clara University School of Law

Robert McGinn, “Ethical Issues in Engineering,” Stanford University

Timothy Murphy and Michele Oberman, Selected Cases from “Ethics and Law,” University of Illinois College of Medicine

William C. Spohn, “Scripture and the Moral Life,” Santa Clara University

Barbara S. Stengel, “Foundations of Modern Education,” Millersville University

Appendix Two: Seminar Assignments 215

Assignment for Session One, September 2002

Assignment for Session Two, January 2003

Syllabus Narrative Writing Assignment, Summer 2003

Assignment for Session Three, November 2003

Follow–Up Reflection Questions, January 2004

References 229

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