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Academically adrift: Limited learning on college campuses - Richard Arum; Josipa Roksa
Call Number: E-book and LA227.4 .A78 2011 in print, Doyle 3rd floor
In spite of soaring tuition costs, more and more students go to college every year. A bachelor's degree is now required for entry into a growing number of professions. And some parents begin planning for the expense of sending their kids to college when they're born. Almost everyone strives to go, but almost no one asks the fundamental question posed by Academically Adrift : Are undergraduates really learning anything once they get there? For a large proportion of students, Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa's answer to that question is a definitive no.

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Finnish lessons: What the world can learn from educational change in Finland - Pasi Sahlberg
Call Number: LA1013.7 .S34 2011, Doyle 3rd floor
Finnish Lessons is a first-hand, comprehensive account of how Finland built a world-class education system during the past three decades. The author traces the evolution of education policies in Finland and highlights how they differ from the United States and other industrialized countries. He shows how, rather than relying on competition, choice, and external testing of students, education reforms in Finland focus on professionalizing teachers' work, developing instructional leadership in schools, and enhancing trust in teachers and schools. This book details the complexity of educational change and encourages educators and policymakers to develop effective solutions for their own districts and schools." From the Foreword by Andy Hargreaves.

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Not for profit: Why democracy needs the humanities - Martha C. Nussbaum
Call Number: LC1011 .N88 2010, Mahoney 2nd floor
In this short and powerful book, celebrated philosopher Martha Nussbaum makes a passionate case for the importance of the liberal arts at all levels of education. Historically, the humanities have been central to education because they have rightly been seen as essential for creating competent democratic citizens. But recently, Nussbaum argues, we increasingly treat education as though its primary goal were to teach students to be economically productive rather than to think critically and become knowledgeable and empathetic citizens. This shortsighted focus on profitable skills has eroded our ability to criticize authority, reduced our sympathy with the marginalized and different, and damaged our competence to deal with complex global problems. And the loss of these basic capacities jeopardizes the health of democracies and the hope of a decent world.



Thursday February 14, 2013


Shuhaw Hall 1746

Values in Education - Indian Lessons, Finnish Lessons, and More Input for the Strategic Plan's Mission, Vision, and Values Discussion

This workshop is designed to engage participants in a discussion of values central to the mission of SRJC and to develop philosophical statements reflecting our educational values for strategic planning purposes. Participants are asked to read recommended sources and to come prepared to explore issues central for the mission and vision of SRJC.

Presenters: Jurgen Kremer, Behavioral Sciences; Karen Frindell-Teuscher, Dean STEM; Sean Martin, Philosophy; Daniel Famini, Agriculture/Natural Resources; Smita Avasthi, Library


Sir Ken Robinson


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