Monday, March 29, 2021

'The Amateur Hour' and the History and Future of Teaching and Learning

'Will things be different after the pandemic?'

Joshua Kim reviews The Amateur Hour: A History of College Teaching in America, by Jonathan Zimmerman, at Inside Higher Ed.

"The Amateur Hour effectively utilizes a wide variety of primary sources (reports, letters, newspaper accounts, etc.) to document a crisis in higher education teaching and learning that is as old as higher education itself. Zimmerman shines a light on long-forgotten campus controversies and initiatives centered around the failures of student learning. It turns out that each academic generation is replaying the same educational crisis as the generations that preceded us. We were as worried about student engagement and the failure to build a relational learning model in 1821 and 1921 as we are worried today."

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