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Education as Transformation: Religious Pluralism, Spirituality, and a New Vision for Higher Education in America


reviewed by William H. Jeynes — October 05, 2006

coverTitle: Education as Transformation: Religious Pluralism, Spirituality, and a New Vision for Higher Education in America
Author(s): Victor H. Kazanjian, Jr., and Peter L. Laurence (Eds)
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, New York
ISBN: 0820445460 , Pages: 319, Year: 2006
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Education as Transformation is a thought-provoking book that asserts that higher education and American society as a whole should once again give religion "a place at the table" in academic discourse and personal development among faculty and students. In the book's introduction, Diana Chapman Walsh, the president of Wellesley College, asserts that there is a need for "bringing more of the spirit back into higher education" (p. 1). She avers that although nearly all of the nation's finest universities were founded as Christian centers of higher education, many academics are closed to allowing religion a place in academic dialogue. Furthermore, the authors assert that higher education should embrace religious pluralism, consistent with the contemporary emphasis on multiculturalism. The book is divided into three sections. The first section is entitled, "A New Vision of Education as Transformation." This portion of the book, along with the introduction, is the most profound of three.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 05, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12773, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 8:12:43 PM

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  • William Jeynes
    California State University, Long Beach
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    WILLIAM JEYNES is a Professor of Education at California State University, Long Beach. He graduated with a Masters Degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has written extensively on American educational history, religion and education, and parental involvement. He has published dozens of articles that examine the influence of religion in American education, including conducting a number of meta-analyses. His most recent book, American Educational History: School, Society & the Common Good will be released January 7, 2007 with Sage.
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