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Ps between our colleges and universities and the public thereby transforming the way our society functions She encourages interested stakeholders to listen to and engage openly with one another's concerns by reading and exploring ideas together by creating collective projects focused around common interests and by ensuring that our institutions of higher education are structured to support and promote work toward the public good Meditating on how and why we teach the humanities Generous Thinking is an audacious book that privileges the ability to empathize and build rather than simply tear apar Generous Thinking makes an appeal towards open scholarship and rethinking the role of higher education in todays world As someone in this industry I am a firm believer that we are in a crossroads of the role of the university in the United States but this book does nothing to propose any solutions and is a combination of various blog ideas put into a book calling for discussion I found the author to be fairly pedantic and her audience was very much intended to be university professors which is great as that is where change is going to come from but not much for mass appeal to the average reader or even those outside of academia in higher education Hopefully this will be a starting point for a discussion but this is not where you are going to find any answers If you want to look at some of the transformative areas of higher ed today look at the various books on guided pathways and the way in which curriculum is being looked at to serve working adults and convey the needed components of education today

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Generous ThinkingHigher education occupies a difficult place in twenty first century American culture Universities the institutions that bear so much responsibility for the future health of our nation are at odds with the very publics they are intended to serve As Kathleen Fitzpatrick asserts it is imperative that we re center the mission of the university to rebuild that lost trust Critical thinking the heart of what academics do can today often negate refuse and reject new ideasIn an age characterized by rampant anti intellectualism Fitzpatrick charges the academy with thinking constructively rather than comp Excellent thought provoking analysis of the university as is and re positioning of where it might be Fitzpatrick's critiues of the academy are spot on and I really like the direction she is suggesting higher education as part of as opposed to separate from the rest of civic life I particularly appreciate her exploration of the tension surrounding expertise and her understanding of how those with specialized knowledge can be eual participants in a conversation or shared venture Similarly her challengeinvitation to academics not to discount other ways of reading and experiencing was compelling especially as someone who always feels as though she is reading on both sides of the town and gown divide I would have added and may make a comment on the open version of this book that academics often fail to recognize the extremely important work the community is already undertaking in all areas including those that fall in the Humanities and Social Sciences This lack of awareness only adds to the gulf that so freuently distances formal scholars from the community or the public as Fitzpatrick would sayThe overarching notions of opening up academic work engaging with a larger community and asserting that the role of higher education is not to make money but to be part of the social project to improve and enrich life for all is critical Fitzpatrick hits the nail on the head when she identifies the assessment and reward systems as a primary blocker for this tenure and review pitting individual academics against each other and institutional ranking systems that pit schools against each other Faculty are the only ones who can change the former a change that will have many many positive side effects I hope some are swayed by this book

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Û Generous Thinking Reader

Generous Thinking Doc à 280 pages ↠ ➿ [Download] ➽ Generous Thinking By Kathleen Fitzpatrick ➵ – Higher education occupies a difficult place in twenty first century American culture Universities the institutions that bear so much responsibility for the future health of our nation are at odds Etitively building new ideas rather than tearing old ones down She urges us to rethink how we teach the humanities and to refocus our attention on the very human ends the desire for community and connection that the humanities can best serve One key aspect of that transformation involves fostering an atmosphere of what Fitzpatrick dubs generous thinking a mode of engagement that emphasizes listening over speaking community over individualism and collaboration over competitionFitzpatrick proposes ways that anyone who cares about the future of higher education can work to build better relationshi Kathleen Fitzpatrick has long been a proponent of altering the fundamental values of higher education and university infrastructure What she's proposing is a values based structure as opposed to the competitive political jockeying for everything funding students prestige in a univsersity setting It's risky to propose throwing out the status uo for faculty because faculty in all public universities have a say in the university through shared governance If we can change that outlook from the faculty on up instead of top down we'll have a system that can articulate the needs for curricular shifts and move the needle on the anti education thread that seems to be running through our country Ed tech is not going to save the university system Vocational training is not going to save the university system nor the US need for engaged citizens Her writing is accessible at all levels Though it refers to the existing university infrastructure it's plausible that an interested reader will understand that the current system isn't working It's not meant as a roadmap Kathleen never pretends to provide a universal salve Instead this is an invitation to think differently and take that to your committees to ask other faculty to join in that exploration of values in order to solve some of the university's issues