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I Love Learning; I Hate School

An Anthropology of College
Autor: Susan D. Blum
Sprecher: Laura Jennings
Spieldauer: 11 Std. und 19 Min.
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Frustrated by her students' performance, her relationships with them, and her own daughter's problems in school, Susan D. Blum, a professor of anthropology, set out to understand why her students found their educational experiences at a top-tier institution so profoundly difficult and unsatisfying. Through her research and in conversations with her students, she discovered a troubling mismatch between the goals of the university and the needs of students.

In I Love Learning; I Hate School, Blum tells two intertwined but inseparable stories: the results of her research into how students learn contrasted with the way conventional education works and the personal narrative of how she herself was transformed by this understanding. Blum concludes that the dominant forms of higher education do not match the myriad forms of learning that help students - and people in general - master meaningful and worthwhile skills and knowledge. In this critique of higher education, Blum explains why so much is going wrong and offers suggestions for how to bring classroom learning more in line with appropriate forms of engagement.

The book is published by Cornell University Press.

©2016 Cornell University (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks

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"A must-read for all who care about educational improvement and renewal." (Peter Demerath, University of Minnesota)
"Susan D. Blum has written the book the majority of college faculty would write if they only had her encyclopedic knowledge, deep insight, and courage." (David F. Lancy, Utah State University)
"Beautifully written…a thoughtful, intimate slant on how to make sense of our lived experience as teachers and students." (Cathy Small, Northern Arizona University)

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  • 21.10.2018

Good ideas but a bit diasapointing

Having gone to a Waldorf School myself before becoming a University Professor, I can relate to many of the author‘s problems with today‘s education system. However, I would have liked to see more concrete ideas, and more in depths discussion of alternative ways of education. Do they work better? Are children and students more engaged there? Do they learn more? If she wants to change the whole society, what would she like better? And how to do it? I liked her approach to teaching but it all remained too subjective for my taste. Too much personal experience and not enough data. And the speaker did not help either. It sounded all a bit whiney.