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“Your So-Called Education” – Extra credit option 1

May 19th, 2011 · No Comments

New research from  questions how much students really learn in college, as reported in a recent Op-Ed in the New York Times. The writers are Richard Arum, a professor of sociology and education at New York University, and Josipa Roksa, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, who are the authors of “Academically
Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses.”

Here’s a PDF of the piece: “The Poor Quality of an Undergraduate Education“.  And here’s a link to it at the NYT website.

Arum and Roksa ask: “Why is the overall quality of undergraduate learning so poor?”  And they offer some explanations.  I’d like to hear your thoughts about the education you’re receiving in college.  If it’s poor, why do you think that’s so?  You may post here on the blog, or email me your thoughts (if you don’t feel like going public).  I’m really looking for your honest answers — free of “social desirability bias” 😉

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