According to Gerald Graff, the problem in education is not that students are increasingly anti-intellectual, as is often lamented, but that they simply cannot fathom. NOVEMBER Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind by Gerald Graff. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, Clueless in Academe: An Interview with Gerald Graff. John Warner. Virginia Tech University. A common scene: In class, I ask for a student to summarize the.

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Preview — Clueless in Academe by Gerald Graff. The result is a well balanced, accessible, and compelling book. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? Because, as Graff suggests, academic life and “real” life in fact are closely parallel and require many of the same skills of reasoning and discourse in order to succeed: How should teachers teach? On the point of self-consciousness, Graff does an excellent job of not only arguing for a particular style of pedagogy that introduces students to past and present academic conversations, but also of trying to exemplify that method in his own writing.

Aug 28, Monica rated it liked it Shelves: More still, I walked away from this book with a number of concrete strategies that I hope to employ in future cluelrss. It was constantly stimulating and taught me so much.

Jul 23, Donna Rae rated it it was amazing. As such Graff not only advances a thesis, but also establishes a laboratory within the pages of the book by which to test his ideas. Review quote “[Graff] writes with lucidity and charm.

Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind by Gerald Graff

I don’t think there’s one glib sentence in the whole book. The book is also very well-written and very well-focused. Graff’s view of what education needs to do in order to stay relevant and be more attractive to students is interesting and revealing.


We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Very few leave their university years with an understanding of the intellectual life.

Graff further suggests that academic discourse seems counterintuitive to students in many ways: Dec 18, Phil Gardner rated it really liked it Shelves: It means widening our notion of who qualifies as an ‘intellectual,’ and building on the argumentative talents students already possess” pp.

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Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind

That’s not such a bad thing, but it resulted in making good ideas feel tedious and, dare I say it, a bit boring after a while, which is a real shame. Refreshing thoughts on how empowering a demystified approach to argumentative writing can be. The education found in skilled argument does extend beyond just one field, so there is cluekess to this argument and I would acaedme that anyone interested in education read this book in some detail as an idea of the challenges in modern education as a field and the realities or perception of the realities in current college education.

Why should this even matter to most students? This is not helped by the way classes are taught and students are treated. For example, he says that even if an essay is well-written, cerebral, and on an esoteric topic, Graff says cluelfss the student won’t get accepted because they didn’t let the essay speak for them as a human being.

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A worthy subject, but I found the presentation rather dry, and well, overly academic. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find cluelesz books for kids, photography lovers and more.

Dec 11, Lindsey rated it really liked it. Roe Clark Clueless in Academe: Maybe not very applicable to everyone, but to anyone considering going into a post graduate, academic field I highly recommend this. Gerald Graff, a professor English and education at the University of Illinois-Chicago, takes universities to task for the gulf between students and teachers.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. That’s the whole point that Gerald Graff makes in the book. Feb 03, Dominic rated it it was amazing Shelves: Alfred rated it liked it. Ooh, also the chapter about application essays is golden.

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In fact, in many ways Graff sees disagreement as an essential element of any living intellectual community. Acsdeme a progressive tone, he further maintains that “demystifying the club means changing the club itself as much as it means changing students. A bit repetitive and certainly a bit egotistical in owning his approach as the best approach but provides a few good strategies.

It would be good for high school teachers to read because it will help illustrate what they’re preparing their students for.