Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind

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Yale University Press, 2004 - Education - 309 pages
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Annotation Our schools and colleges often make the intellectual life seem more impenetrable, narrowly specialized, and inaccessible than it is or needs to be, argues this eminent scholar and educator, whose provocative book offers a wealth of practical suggestions for making the culture of ideas and arguments more readily understandable. ГGraff is reopening the door on a major debate. 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? How should teachers teach? What should students learn? 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.ДЗMark Edmundson, Washington Post Book World Г[Graff] writes with lucidity and charm. ... A worthwhile work.ДЗSteven Lagerfeld, Wall Street Journal ГClueless in Academe is charming. ... The reader chuckles in recognition over the tales told of scholars and students.ДЗTerence Kealey, The Times Higher Education Supplement.
 

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Contents

INTELLECTUALISM AND ITS DISCONTENT
81
COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS
113
TEACHING THE CLUB
209
How to Write an ArgumentWhat Students and Teachers Really Need to Know
275
Notes
279
Index
299
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Gerald Graff, Professor of English and Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is the author of many books and articles, including Beyond the Culture Wars, and he was winner of the American Book Award in 1992. He is currently working with his wife, Cathy Birkenstein-Graff, on a writing textbook, A Short Guide to Argument, that will be a how-to companion to Clueless in Academe.

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