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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
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