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ERIC Number: ED476135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 309
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-300-09558-9
Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind.
Graff, Gerald
This book discusses the cluelessness (bafflement, usually accompanied by shame and resentment) felt by students, the general public, and even many academics in the face of the impenetrability of the academic world. The book examines some ways in which schools and colleges reinforce this cluelessness and perpetuate the misconception that the life of the mind is a secret society for which only an elite few qualify. Part 1, "Confusing the Issue," contains: (1) "The University Is Popular Culture, But It Doesn't Know It Yet"; (2) "The Problem Problem and Other Oddities of Academic Discourse"; and (3) "The Mixed-Message Curriculum." Part 2, "Intellectualism and Its Discontents," contains: (4) "Two Cheers for the Argument Culture": and (5) "Paralysis by Accident." Part 3, "Communicative Disorders," contains: (6) "Unlearning To Write"; (7) "Scholars and Sound Bites"; (8) "Why Johnny Cant Argue"; (9) "Outing Criticism"; and (10) "The Application Guessing Game" (with Andrew Hoberek). Part 4, "Teaching the Club," contains: (11) "Hidden Intellectualism"; (12)"A Word for Words and a Vote for Quotes"; (13) "Wrestling with the Devil"; and (14) "Deborah Meiers Progressive Traditionalism." An epilogue contains "How To Write an ArgumentWhat Students and Teachers Really Need To Know." (Contains 250 endnotes.) (SLD)
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Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA.; Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A