Spatial Change

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To facilitate more interactive teaching, one college considers a different type of classroom. The barriers to building it are instructive of sometimes conflicting trends in college planning.

'Teach Them to Challenge Authority'

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Stanley Fish may be telling academics to keep their opinions to themselves, but Gregory S. Prince Jr. thinks it is time for colleges to stop trying to make their classrooms neutral. Prince, the former president of Hampshire College, argues for professors to take all kinds of positions -- as a tool for challenging their students.

Shifting Winds in Arabic Teaching

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Breaking with the long-standing norm for Arabic instruction, Cornell program combines instruction in written and spoken language -- an approach catching on elsewhere.

The Politics of Election Day Classes

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Civic-minded students advocate for canceling or excusing absences from classes; many colleges leave the matter up to individual professors.

A Broader History Major (and Professor)

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In-depth study suggests a shift in focus for the discipline, based on its role in liberal education, not just its own field of study. Graduate education seen as key area for change.

Clicker U.

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Large universities report that once they start using student response technology in class, popularity grows -- as do policy issues.

'Condescending Negativism' and Other Transgressions

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SEATTLE -- Defining "classroom incivility" may begin with which side of the lectern you sit (or stand) on. Professors commonly complain about students texting or e-mailing away on their laptops or phones or, worse, catching up on their zzzz's. To hear David Horowitz and others tell it, however, students are on the receiving end of more than their share of bullying or dismissive behavior, particularly if they disagree with the (usually liberal) views of their professors.

Sustainable Curriculums

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Faculty members describe different approaches to incorporating sustainability into their classes, in some very different disciplines.

Helping Community Colleges Raise the Bar

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New data from engagement survey suggest that two-year institutions need to have higher expectations of students -- especially outside of the classroom.

'Teaching Unprepared Students'

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Many experts say that the United States can only truly see gains in the percentages of adults who have a college degree if colleges and universities get better at teaching students who arrived on campus unprepared for college-level work. But many professors find themselves frustrated by teaching such students -- and many of the students drop out. Kathleen F. Gabriel's new book is designed to help such faculty members and, ultimately, their students.


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