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Book Reviews NACTA A New Agenda for Higher does this by elaborating on important limitations and Education: Shaping a Life of the weaknesses in the notion of critical thinking. The last chapter is The Conclusion (Conclusion: Taking Mind for Practice Formative Action) offers practical lessons from the By William, M. Sullivan and Matthew S. seminar experience. The authors make distinctions Rosin; foreword by Lee S. Shulman and Gary between learning communities, service learning, and D. Fenstermacher, Jossey-Bass, 2008, 242 community-based learning to encourage faculty, pages, hardcover, ISBN 978-0-470-25757-9 administrators, and chief academic officers to use In the Preface the authors indicate that the goal these innovative practices already present on their is to help our undergraduate students meet the campuses. Two Appendices are also included at the practical and professional challenges that await them back: Partner Syllabi, and Seminar Assignments. with learned insight, technical know-how, and These Appendices provide classroom practices and discerning moral commitment. It is hoped to provide methods for those interested in bringing practical inspiration and tools for the renewal of our vocation reasoning into their classroom discourse. as teachers and the mission of higher education. The This book could be aided by the introduction of primary emphasis is on teaching for practical reason- objectives at the beginning of the chapter to help the ing and responsible judgment through critical student to retain information. Furthermore, adding thinking. Furthermore, this book attempts to chapter summaries could increase the quality of this describe the experience of a research seminar, Life of book. The strongest points of this book, however, are the Mind for Practice, convened over two years by its appendices. These detailed teaching case studies The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of and professional development practices reveal the Teaching. The participants of the seminar have value and importance of practical reasoning. The joined together from liberal arts disciplines to reflect authors have targeted students, faculties, adminis- on their efforts to link intellectual insight to profes- trators, and chief academic members as their audi- sional engagement and responsibility in their ence. Therefore, it can be an excellent sourcebook for respective fields. those concerned with the future directions of higher The book begins with an Introduction that education. I highly recommend this book to academi- explains in more detail the meaning of practical cians whom value practical reasoning that encourage reasoning in relation to the traditions and aims of students to think and act responsibly, with integrity, higher education in America. The Introduction civility, and caring. These three habits- of mind, hand simply reveals that no matter what kind of discipline and heart are essential for the formation of today's teachers are engaged in, they share much in common students. in their efforts to prepare their students for practice. Chapter One (Partners in the Field, Part One) shows Kiumars Zarafshani how teachers from three different disciplines (rabbin- Assistant Professor ical education, medicine, teacher education) teach Department of Agricultural Extension and practical reasoning to their s
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