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Two Cheers for Higher Education$
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Steven Brint

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691182667

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691182667.001.0001

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Focus on the Classroom

Focus on the Classroom

(p.287) 8 Focus on the Classroom
Two Cheers for Higher Education

Steven Brint

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers the weakness that strikes at the core of academe's objectives and makes the triumph of online alternatives more plausible. The issue has been diplomatically described as “underachievement” in undergraduate education, but it could be described equally well as the failure to inculcate professional standards and expectations for college teachers. The chapter analyzes why the disparate efforts during the period to reform undergraduate teaching and to make colleges accountable for student learning failed to transform college classrooms. It also shows why the new sciences of learning have the potential to create the more powerful learning environments that earlier reformers failed to produce.

Keywords:   academe, underachievement, online alternatives, professional standards, undergraduate education, college teachers, learning environments

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