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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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How should teachers teach? Where the first half of the book diagnoses significant problems in our present education system, the second half of the book does a great job of offering a number of constructive solutions.

Insightful into how students perceive the academe and how teachers may lose them in the process of teaching. Young people naturally debate the merits of all sorts of things, from sports to popular culture. That’s the acadeem point that Gerald Graff makes in the book. I liked how the last chapter is about embracing the fact that no one will ever agree on everything, and it’s in the disagreeing that students can find their voices and realize the intellectuals hidden within them.

Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind by Gerald Graff

Why should this even matter to most students? Dec 06, J. Specialty areas of university professors strike too many students as a distant, impregnable fortress.

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. Contact Contact Us Help. Oct 28, Davelowusa is currently reading it. Qcademe 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.

Students will always struggle with writing if we don’t let them wrote about their own interests rather than ours.

Another five star book in need of a review. On the point of self-consciousness, Graff does an excellent job of not only arguing for a particular style of pedagogy that introduces students to past and present academic conversations, but also of trying to exemplify that method in his own writing. A bit repetitive and certainly a bit egotistical in owning his approach as the best approach but provides a few good strategies.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Adopting a progressive tone, he further maintains that “demystifying the club means changing the club itself as much as it means changing students.

Investigates writing to make intellectual arguments more understandable. I’ll just go find something else for my whole life clieless be about Graff makes some good points, in a curmudgeonly way. More still, I walked away from this book with a number of concrete strategies that I hope to employ in future courses. Jun 01, Jennifer clueeless it it was amazing. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

I think it’s powerful, and deserves to be cluekess, taught, and considered by anyone who cares about education, its purposes, aacdeme how we can improve it.

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

How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind. 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? Paperbackpages. Books by Gerald Graff. Jan 09, Vanessa rated it really liked it Shelves: Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

Students should be taught to argue and use the language of the acadamy, but we should make sure that this language is used to make real points. I do recommend it as an important work, regardless of your view on Graff’s accuracy, as it will at least inform you on the perception of higher education from different views.

Maybe not very applicable to everyone, but to anyone considering going into a post graduate, academic field I highly recommend this. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. While I don’t agree with all his points I hate the argument templates, for instanceI think he does a good job of pointing out some reasons why academia is considered to be so obscure and refuting those claims. Book ratings by Goodreads. Nov 19, Laren rated it liked it Shelves: Description Gerald Graff argues that our schools and colleges make the intellectual life seem more opaque, narrowly specialized, and beyond normal learning capacities than it is or needs to be.


I learn as much from the way Graff writes about academics which is very clearly with great examples and good support as well as what he has to say.

Jan 17, Danielle marked it as to-read. Nov 01, Bryan Kibbe rated it it was amazing. Journal of College Student Development. Without cookies ckueless experience may not be seamless. Aug 28, Monica rated it liked it Shelves: In fact, in many ways Graff sees disagreement as an essential element of any living intellectual community.

Worth reading if you are on a Core Curriculum Committee and the college is overhauling undergraduate curriculum. This book made me rethink some of my expectations of students at the early college level and how I go about helping them progress. 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.

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

The most depressing aspect of this book is that while it is describing this fantastic phenomenon of the inaccessibility of academic discourse, it does it in such a way that emphasizes everything he is lamenting. Check out acaddme top books of the year on our page Best Books of In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive?

However, much of what he writes as he diagnoses the dilemmas of university life comes off as shrill. Where’s the inquiry and the innovation?