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Habits of Mind: The Experimental College Program at Berkeley Paperback – October, 1998


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  • Paperback: 483 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of California Inst of (October 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087772380X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877723806
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,348,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
Education program from the 60s still lasts From the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet 28 September 1999
In 1965, with anti-Vietnam demonstrations at their worst, philosophy professor Joseph Tussman began The Experimental College Program at the University of California, Berkeley. His goal, education for the sake of the individual and of society, sounds like a dream for the jaded higher education of today. In Habits of Mind: the Experimental College Program at Berkeley, Katherine Bernhardi Trow evaluates the program and its long- term effects. While evaluation of education generally focuses narrowly on the short-sighted and fashionable, this book's great merit is its description of the long term effects. Tussman College lasted four years, from 1965-1969. Some 300 students were chosen at random to participate. Trow interviewed forty students who completed the program, and she paints a vivid picture of how they were affected, what they learned and what positive influence it had in their lives. Tussman maintained that it was the university's fundamental duty to reawaken interest and get students involved for the sake of principles which are fundamental for individuals and for society: to develop an exercise of power built on rational, democratic and constitutional principles; to increase sensitivity to humanitarian values and fundamental human problems; to cultivate and strengthen ways of life and ways of conduct which make it possible for humanity to continue a war with institutions and with a spirit of rational discussion to find solutions to problems. Democracy demands of its citizens a political interest and active participation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 1999
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An exceptionally rich and multifaceted account of an experiment which occupies an interesting and important place in the history of American higher education.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 1999
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An important study of the impact of an intense collegiate experience on students.
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