Learning in the Plural: Essays on the Humanities and Public Life

Learning in the Plural: Essays on the Humanities and Public Life

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Can civic engagement rescue the humanities from a prolonged identity crisis? David D. Cooper’s essays raise questions about the relevance and roles of humanities teaching and scholarship, the moral footings and public purposes of the humanities, engaged teaching practices, institutional and disciplinary reform, academic professionalism, and public scholarship in a democracy. Destined to stir discussion, the questions Cooper raises in this book are uncomfortable and, in his view, necessary for reflection, renewal, and reform.

Can civic engagement rescue the humanities from a prolonged identity crisis? How can the practices and methods, the conventions and innovations of humanities teaching and scholarship yield knowledge that contributes to the public good? These are just two of the vexing questions David D. Cooper tackles in his essays on the humanities, literacy, and public life. As insightful as they are provocative, these essays address important issues head-on and raise questions about the relevance and roles of humanities teaching and scholarship, the moral footings and public purposes of the humanities, engaged teaching practices, institutional and disciplinary reform, academic professionalism, and public scholarship in a democracy. Destined to stir discussion about the purposes of the humanities and the problems we face during an era of declining institutional support, public alienation and misunderstanding, student ambivalence, and diminishing resources, the questions Cooper raises in this book are uncomfortable and, in his view, necessary for reflection, renewal, and reform. With frank, deft assessments, Cooper reports on active learning initiatives that reenergized his own teaching life while reshaping the teaching mission of the humanities, including service learning, collaborative learning, the learning community movement, and student-centered and deliberative pedagogy.


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Retired college writing teacher Cooper assembles 11 essays he wrote between 1993 and 2013 on the relationship between the humanities and public life. He discusses the ethics of civil literacy; moral literacy; reading, writing, and reflection; the changing seasons of liberal learning; academic professionalism and the betrayal of the land-grant tradition; bus rides and forks in the road: the making of a public scholar; a conversation in two keys about education for democracy; whether civic discourse is still alive; four seasons of deliberative learning; and whether civic engagement can rescue the humanities. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Vearsa,, 2014
ISBN: 9781609174026
160917402X
9781611861129
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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