Universities As If Students Mattered is centered around the goal of coaching college students to become active, self-directed learners whose obligation to serve society is integral to their active learning. At the same time, the innovations in this book would focus the attention, energy, and considerable talents of professors, graduate students, and post-docs on some potential ways and means of addressing urgent social issues, contributing to a more thorough and comprehensive understanding of the social world.
John Scanzoni is Professor of Sociology at the University of Florida. He is the author of over a dozen books, including Contemporary Families and Relationships.
Chapter 1 The Troubled Marriage of Social Science with Human Betterment: From Bliss to Disenchantment to the Search for Reconciliation Chapter 2 Universities in Transition: Social Science in the Impoverished Backwaters Chapter 3 Mid-20th Century Efforts at University Reform: Mutations That Didn't Quite Make It Chapter 4 Let all the Flowers Bloom: Landscape of Diversity Among Professors in the New Century Chapter 5 Discovery-Based Learning: The Coach Cultivating Players' Human Capital Chapter 6 Discovery-Based Learning: The Coach Enabling Players at Resolving Social Issues Chapter 7 A New Social Contract Within a New American College: From the Ivory Tower to the Commons