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The Resource Meaning over memory : recasting the teaching of culture and history, Peter N. Stearns

Meaning over memory : recasting the teaching of culture and history, Peter N. Stearns

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Meaning over memory : recasting the teaching of culture and history
Title
Meaning over memory
Title remainder
recasting the teaching of culture and history
Statement of responsibility
Peter N. Stearns
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In the midst of the heated battles swirling around American humanities education, Peter Stearns offers a reconsideration not only of what we teach but also of why and how we teach it. While conservatives defend a museum-like humanities curriculum, their opponents argue for opening the canon to the works and lives of women and minorities. This approach, Stearns cautions, risks substituting one memorized content for another. Stearns suggests an alternative strategy; one that overlaps with some of the radicals' goals but moves on to a more ambitious reassessment of what the humanities should convey to students. Such a humanities program, says Stearns, should teach students not just memorized facts but analytical skills that are vital for a critically informed citizenry. "In dealing with the current furor over conventional humanistic coverage versus multiculturalism," Stearns says, "I join a few other recent observers in offering intermediate positions and certainly in rejecting the extremes urged from both sides." But, he adds, "My goals are more radical than the radicals' in that I seek to reshape the discussion of the humanities by moving away from debates about which groups it would privilege - essentially a turf fight, however recondite its phrasing - and toward a determination of what kinds of analyses it should further. I aim for a real transformation of humanities education in light of the kinds of analytical perspectives - the habits of the mind - it should inculcate. Teaching in the humanities should above all foster a critical imagination - and this point is not recognized in most of the current debates." Stearns urges the use of innovative research as the basis of the humanities curriculum, following the practice of scientific disciplines. He offers specific suggestions on translating curriculum goals into courses that can be taught alongside or instead of the more conventional staples. It is important, Stearns concludes, to use the current spirit of rancor constructively to build a solid educational structure, one that rests on humanities scholarship but aims to help students better understand the nature of human culture and social behavior
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Stearns, Peter N
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Civilization
  • Civilization
  • Humanities
  • Historiography
  • Historiography
Label
Meaning over memory : recasting the teaching of culture and history, Peter N. Stearns
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-249) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Question of Urgency: The Issues in Perspective -- 2. Innovations in the Humanities: Before the Crisis -- 3. Sacred Cows in Humanities Teaching, and How They Got Grazing Rights -- 4. Answering the Canon Fire: The Debate Miscast -- 5. Clearing the Decks for Creative Planning -- 6. Education: The Central Mission of the Humanities -- 7. Rethinking Actual Curricula: The Conversion to Analysis -- Conclusion: Educating for Democracy
Control code
27265024
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 254 pages
Isbn
9780807820902
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1513612
Label
Meaning over memory : recasting the teaching of culture and history, Peter N. Stearns
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-249) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Question of Urgency: The Issues in Perspective -- 2. Innovations in the Humanities: Before the Crisis -- 3. Sacred Cows in Humanities Teaching, and How They Got Grazing Rights -- 4. Answering the Canon Fire: The Debate Miscast -- 5. Clearing the Decks for Creative Planning -- 6. Education: The Central Mission of the Humanities -- 7. Rethinking Actual Curricula: The Conversion to Analysis -- Conclusion: Educating for Democracy
Control code
27265024
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 254 pages
Isbn
9780807820902
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1513612

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