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Encouraging Authenticity and Spirituality in Higher Education

reviewed by Virginia A. Parrish - May 08, 2006

coverTitle: Encouraging Authenticity and Spirituality in Higher Education
Author(s): Arthur W. Chickering, Jon C. Dalton, and Liesa Stamm
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 0787974439, Pages: 328, Year: 2006
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At first glance, one might consider this book to be just another lament concerning the existing problems in higher education.  However, upon closer examination, one realizes that Chickering, Dalton, and Stamm have confronted an underlying, and sometimes unvoiced, concern that although college graduates may have the knowledge to succeed in their careers, they frequently lack real preparation for life.  For the authors, a primary factor in this lack of preparation is the increasing tendency of higher education institutions to follow the dictates of consumerism and materialism to prepare their graduates for careers and the work place. This tendency, which sometimes generates a shift in emphasis in curricular content, may lessen the importance of traditional liberal arts courses and may not fully approach the need for understanding the diverse cultures and religious pluralism in the United States and the world.  Therefore, graduates entering the workplace are equipped primarily with knowledge and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 08, 2006
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12503, Date Accessed: 9/24/2021 5:15:58 PM

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  • Virginia Parrish
    Southeastern Oklahoma State University
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    VIRGINIA A. PARRISH is an Assistant Professor in English at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma. Her research interests include eco-theology, environmental writing, film, and memory. Her most recent article, “Polar Bear Monitoring in the New Beaufort Sea Area,” is pending publication in Ocean Science, a publication of Minerals Management Service (MMS).
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