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Powers of the Mind The Reinvention of Liberal Learning in America

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ISBN-10: 0226475549

ISBN-13: 9780226475547

Edition: 2nd 2006

Authors: Donald N. Levine

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InPowers of the Mind,former University of Chicago dean Donald N. Levine considers the liberal education that our universities purport to offer, finds it lacking, and in response proposes fresh and invigorating ways to think about liberal learning that are more suited to our times. Levine begins by defining basic values of modernity and then considering pertinent curricular principles. The principles he favors are powers of the mind—disciplines understood as fields of study defined less by their subject matter than by the distinct intellectual capacities they embody. To illustrate, Levine draws on his own lifetime of teaching and educational leadership, while providing a marvelous summary…    
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 318
Size: 0.60" wide x 0.90" long x 0.07" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Donald N. Levine is the Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Sociology and former Dean of the College at the University of Chicago. He is the author or editor of several books, most recently, Visions of the Sociological Tradition, also published by the University of Chicago Press. nbsp;

Prologue: Missing Resources in Higher Education
Crises of Liberal Learning in the Modern World
The Place of Liberal Learning
Sites of Secondary Enculturation
The Modernity Revolutions
Liberal Education Encounters Modernity
The Movement for General Education
Fallout from the Modernity Revolutions
Quest for a New Common Learning
Enter Chicago
The Making of a Curricular Tradition
Enter Chicago
Forming and Nurturing a Tradition
Themes of the Chicago Tradition
The Chicago Tradition of Liberal Learning
Dewey and Hutchins at Chicago
Dewey as Educator
Hutchins as an Unwitting (?) Deweyan
The Hutchins-Dewey Debate
Richard McKeon: Architecton of Human Powers
Entering the Fray
Changing the Humanities Course
Reconfiguring the Liberal Curriculum
The Return in the 1960s
McKeon as Teacher
Joseph Schwab's Assault on Facile Teaching
Genesis of an Educator
Transforming the Natural Science Curriculum
Transforming Classroom Pedagogy
Transforming Pedagogy through Examinations
Transforming Educational Systems
Pluralistic Thoughtways and Communal Practice
Schwab and the Chicago Tradition
What Is Educational about the Study of Civilizations?
"Civilization" in Educational Discourse
Civilizational Studies at Chicago
So, What Is Educational about the Study of Civilizations?
Reinventing Liberal Education in Our Time
New Goals for the Liberal Curriculum
Contested Principles for the Liberal Curriculum
Choosing a Path
Goals for the Liberal Curriculum I: Powers of Prehension
Audiovisual Powers
Kinesthetic Powers
Understanding Verbal Texts
Understanding Worlds
Goals for the Liberal Curriculum II: Powers of Expression
Forming a Self
Inventing Statements, Problems, and Actions
Integrating Knowledge
New Ways of Framing Pedagogy
Modalities of Teaching and Learning
From "Teaching" to Teaching Powers
A Repertoire of Teaching Forms
Approaches to Testing
My Experiments in Teaching Powers
Searching for Disciplines
Basic Practice
Disciplines as Ways of Getting into Conversations
Disciplines as Ways of Connecting Conversations
Epilogue: The Fate of Liberal Learning
Appendix: Three Syllabi for Teaching Powers at Chicago