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The Advancement of Learning: Building the Teaching Commons

reviewed by Martin Finkelstein - March 07, 2006

coverTitle: The Advancement of Learning: Building the Teaching Commons
Author(s): Mary Huber and Pat Hutchings
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 078798115X , Pages: 130, Year: 2005
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The Advancement of Learning serves as a primer for the movement in (American) higher education that began approximately 15 years ago with the publication of Ernest Boyer’s Scholarship Reconsidered (1990) and in germ a generation earlier with the publication of K. Patricia Cross’ Accent on Learning (1971).  The movement of which we speak here is actually a collection of loosely related sub movements, variously labeled as assessment, student success, faculty development, and so forth—united by a common focus on teaching and learning and student success in American higher education over the past quarter century. These movements began with the convergence of two developments over the past quarter century: the emergence of a “new” student body, increasingly diverse in terms of age, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and, most critically, level of academic preparation for college; and the concomitant inertia of an “old” faculty, that is, the large cohort of  faculty hired to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 07, 2006
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12341, Date Accessed: 11/24/2020 1:08:52 AM

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  • Martin Finkelstein
    Seton Hall University
    MARTIN FINKELSTEIN is Professor of Education at Seton Hall University. His most recent publication is The American Faculty: Restructuring Academic Work and Careers (with Jack Schuster), Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.
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