Generous Thinking kindle Ä eBook 9781421429465

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Generous ThinkingBetween our colleges and universities and the public thereby transforming the way our society functions She encourages interested stakeholders to listen to and engage openly with one another's concerns by reading and exploring ideas together; by creating collective projects focused around common interests; and by ensuring that our institutions of higher education are structured to support and promote work toward the public good Meditating on how and why we teach the humanities Generous Thinking is an audacious book that privileges the ability to empathize and build rather than simply tear apart Generous Thinking makes an appeal towards open scholarship and rethinking the role of higher education in todays world As someone in this industry I am a firm believer that we are in a crossroads of the role of the university in the United States but this book does nothing to propose any solutions and is a combination of various blog ideas put into a book calling for discussion I found the author to be fairly pedantic and her audience was very much intended to be university professors which is great as that is where change is going to come from but not much for mass appeal to the average reader or even those outside of academia in higher education Hopefully this will be a starting point for a discussion but this is not where you are going to find any answers If you want to look at some of the transformative areas of higher ed today look at the various books on guided pathways and the way in which curriculum is being looked at to serve working adults and convey the needed components of education today

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Titively building new ideas rather than tearing old ones down She urges us to rethink how we teach the humanities and to refocus our attention on the very human ends the desire for community and connection that the humanities can best serve One key aspect of that transformation involves fostering an atmosphere of what Fitzpatrick dubs generous thinking a mode of engagement that emphasizes listening over speaking community over individualism and collaboration over competitionFitzpatrick proposes ways that anyone who cares about the future of higher education can work to build better relationships I came in cold to this and yet found myself startlingly impressed in the opening pages There are a number of welcome admissions such as the recognition that critiue has triumphed over tradition and that the humanities have lost much ground in the university which is transforming before our eyes Or to use Fitzpatrick's wordsOne of the key things that hasn't worked is the impassioned plea on behalf of humanities fields a welter of defences of the humanities from both inside and outside the academy has been published in recent years each of which has seemed slightly defensive than the last and none of which has had the desired effect As the unsuccessful defences proliferate the public view of the humanities becomes all the worstSo it goes In her radical approach to save the university Fitzpatrick turns to the firmament on which the university is build that the university provides an essential public good that can be found nowhere else and that its public goods must be defended and reinvested in So far I agree but in the pages that follow I find Generous Thinking merely another pliable acceptance of market based consumption that is served by the humanities as a mark of individual successes and pleasures Here's an idea instead of assuming that the market sorts out the best humanities perspectives that emerge from a set of researchers who pursue self interested projects that they must then popularize against a seemingly overwhelming tide of societal neglect what if researchers applied their power and tenacity to public issues identified through a return to public valuation of subjects? I don't know it's rough and it's flawed but I can't stand another book by an English professor who feels that better marketing is a radical approach to getting everyone to understand their ideas which will change the world

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Generous Thinking kindle Ä eBook 9781421429465 Ü ➾ Generous Thinking Download ➹ Author Kathleen Fitzpatrick – Higher education occupies a difficult place in twenty first century American culture Universities the institutions that bear so much responsibility for the future health of our nation are Higher education occupies a difficult place in twenty first century American culture Universities the institutions that bear so much responsibility for the future health of our nation are at odds with the very publics they are intended to serve As Kathleen Fitzpatrick asserts it is imperative that we re center the mission of the university to rebuild that lost trust Critical thinking the heart of what academics do can today often negate refuse and reject new ideasIn an age characterized by rampant anti intellectualism Fitzpatrick charges the academy with thinking constructively rather than compe A very powerful thoughtful and moving call to rethink higher education Generous Thinking is a must read for anyone interested in academia's future Or its presentKathleen Fitzpatrick begins by suggesting academics working at public universities attend carefully and seriously to the rest of the country She then develops this point with painstaking exuisite nuance touching on pedagogy curricula national politics university structures and a lot of theory concerning humanity and society At every point the author's attention to detail and to people shines throughFitzpatrick composed Generous Thinking in part by subjecting the draft to web based feedback In the published text she engages with many commentators providing a richer and unusual experience You can find the web text including comments hereAt the same time the book is very accessible The author writes with a minimum of jargon and reduced the normal scholarly bibliography to a manageable sizeI would like to see For example I'd like to see further development of technology Does Fitzpatrick think open educational resources OER and open access in scholarly publication would serve her strategy of renewed generosity? What is the role of faculty and staff at private colleges and universities which educate perhaps 35 40% of students? Do STEM faculty have a different roles than humanists? Naturally one sign of a successful book is leaving the reader demanding please