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A New Agenda for Higher Education: Shaping a Life of the Mind for Practice

ISBN: 978-0-470-25757-9
272 pages
April 2008, Jossey-Bass
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In A New Agenda for Higher Education, the authors endorse higher education‚ ™s utility for enhancing the practical as well as intellectual dimensions of life by developing a third, different conception of educational purpose. Based on The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching seminar that brought together educators from six professional fields with faculty from the liberal arts and sciences, A New Agenda for Higher Education proposes an educational aim of ‚ practical reason,‚ focusing on the interdependence of liberal education and professional training.
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Foreword by Lee S. Shulman and Gary D. Fenstermacher.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

About the Authors.

Introduction.

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

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

3. A Narrative of the Seminar.

4. Practical Reason as an Educational Agenda.

Conclusion: Taking Formative Action.

Appendix One: Partner Syllabi.

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.

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.

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William M. Sullivan is codirector of the Carnegie Foundation's Preparation for the Professions Program. He is the author of Work and Integrity: The Crisis and Promise of Professionalism in America and coauthor of Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law and Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life.

Matthew S. Rosin is author of Obsoleting Culture and was formerly a research scholar at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He is currently a senior research associate at EdSource, an independent and impartial educational policy research agency that clarifies K–12 policy issues in California.

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