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ERIC Number: EJ775141
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Blueprints, Tools, and the Reality before Us: Improving Doctoral Education in the Humanities
Heathcott, Joseph
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v39 n5 p46-51 Sep-Oct 2007
The central feature of doctoral training in the humanities, according to this author, must remain the organization of curricula to support the mastery of disciplines, the development of rich conceptual frameworks, and a demonstrable attainment of research skills. The work of transmitting these capacities is only partially done by the curriculum. A vital graduate program must include constant, active mentoring of graduate students by the faculty and the creation of a range of opportunities to acquire new ideas and skills. Rebuilding a graduate program must be about more than instituting a new collection of courses. It has to be guided by a commitment to students as whole persons and valued colleagues. The attitude of the faculty toward graduate education in general, and toward the students in particular, is every bit as important as the curriculum itself. This article documents the author's and his colleagues' efforts to redesign the graduate programs in the Department of American Studies at Saint Louis University (St. Louis, Missouri).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri