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ERIC Number: ED452099
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 254
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-8078-4485-3
Meaning over Memory: Recasting the Teaching of Culture and History. H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman Series.
Stearns, Peter N.
This book reconsiders why and how U.S. humanities education is taught. A humanities program should teach students not just memorizable facts but analytical skills that are vital for a critically informed citizenry. Innovative research is important as the basis of such a curriculum. Specific suggestions are outlined for translating curriculum goals into courses that can be taught alongside or instead of more conventional staples. Chapters include: (1) "The Question of Urgency: The Issues in Perspective"; (2) "Innovations in the Humanities: Before the Crisis"; (3) "Sacred Cows in Humanities Teaching, and How They Got Grazing Rights"; (4) "Answering the Canon Fire: The Debate Miscast"; (5) "Clearing the Decks for Creative Planning"; (6) "Education: The Central Mission of the Humanities"; and (7) "Rethinking Actual Curricula: The Conversion to Analysis." The conclusion is titled "Educating for Democracy." (EH)
University of North Carolina Press, P.O. Box 2288, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2288 (paperback: ISBN-0-8078-4485-3, $19.95; hardback: ISBN-0-8078-2090-3, $34.95). paper); Tel: 800-848-6224 (Toll Free); Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Note: Published with the assistance of the H. Eugene and Lillian Lehman Fund of the University of North Carolina Press.