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Creating Campus Community: In Search of Ernest Boyer’s Legacy


reviewed by Lynne Wiley — 2003

coverTitle: Creating Campus Community: In Search of Ernest Boyer’s Legacy
Author(s): William M. McDonald and Associates
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787957003, Pages: 200, Year: 2002
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One of the most enduring, yet elusive goals to animate higher education in recent years has to do with the concept of community-building.  Inspired by Robert Bellah’s Habits of the Heart (1985), and Parker J. Palmer’s To Know As We Are Known (1983), public and academic discussion of the need for community has grown exponentially since the mid-1980s.  In addition to Bellah and Palmer, well-known works by Ernest L. Boyer (1987, 1990), Amitai Etzioni (1993, 1996) and Alexander Astin (1993) have addressed the subject.  An ERIC search for the years 1992-2002 retrieved 164 articles on “campus community” and an additional 280 on “building community,” representing a seven-fold increase in scholarly attention over the previous decade.   Unfortunately, as many colleges have learned, talking about community is a great deal easier than constructing real communities of learning, belonging, and identity on college and university campuses.  This welcome resource guide by William M. McDonald and associates responds directly, and often creatively, to many of the thorny issues underlying calls for community. ... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1256-1260
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10998, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 12:18:40 AM

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  • Lynne Wiley
    Hobart and William Smith Colleges
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    LYNNE M. WILEY is Vice President for Planning and Executive Affairs at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Her research interests are in the history and philosophy of higher education, academic leadership, and moral philosophy. Recent projects include conducting interviews with leading educators on the subject of ethics and higher education leadership. During the 2001-2002 year, she served as an American Council on Education (A.C.E.) Fellow.
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