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The Dumbest Generation

Author : Mark Bauerlein
ISBN : 9781440636899
Genre : Social Science
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This shocking, surprisingly entertaining romp into the intellectual nether regions of today's underthirty set reveals the disturbing and, ultimately, incontrovertible truth: cyberculture is turning us into a society of know-nothings. The Dumbest Generation is a dire report on the intellectual life of young adults and a timely warning of its impact on American democracy and culture. For decades, concern has been brewing about the dumbed-down popular culture available to young people and the impact it has on their futures. But at the dawn of the digital age, many thought they saw an answer: the internet, email, blogs, and interactive and hyper-realistic video games promised to yield a generation of sharper, more aware, and intellectually sophisticated children. The terms “information superhighway” and “knowledge economy” entered the lexicon, and we assumed that teens would use their knowledge and understanding of technology to set themselves apart as the vanguards of this new digital era. That was the promise. But the enlightenment didn’t happen. The technology that was supposed to make young adults more aware, diversify their tastes, and improve their verbal skills has had the opposite effect. According to recent reports from the National Endowment for the Arts, most young people in the United States do not read literature, visit museums, or vote. They cannot explain basic scientific methods, recount basic American history, name their local political representatives, or locate Iraq or Israel on a map. The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future is a startling examination of the intellectual life of young adults and a timely warning of its impact on American culture and democracy. Over the last few decades, how we view adolescence itself has changed, growing from a pitstop on the road to adulthood to its own space in society, wholly separate from adult life. This change in adolescent culture has gone hand in hand with an insidious infantilization of our culture at large; as adolescents continue to disengage from the adult world, they have built their own, acquiring more spending money, steering classrooms and culture towards their own needs and interests, and now using the technology once promoted as the greatest hope for their futures to indulge in diversions, from MySpace to multiplayer video games, 24/7. Can a nation continue to enjoy political and economic predominance if its citizens refuse to grow up? Drawing upon exhaustive research, personal anecdotes, and historical and social analysis, The Dumbest Generation presents a portrait of the young American mind at this critical juncture, and lays out a compelling vision of how we might address its deficiencies. The Dumbest Generation pulls no punches as it reveals the true cost of the digital age—and our last chance to fix it.

Digitale Invasion

Author : Archibald D. Hart
ISBN : 9783775171885
Genre : Computers
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Internet, E-Mail, SMS und Facebook - unser Alltag ist ohne diese neuen Medien kaum noch vorstellbar. Doch nicht nur das: Sie verändern uns selbst und unser Zusammenleben beträchtlich. Aufmerksamkeitsspanne, Multitasking-Mythos und Facebook-Abhängigkeit sind nur einige Beispiele dafür. Eine schleichende Invasion. Ausgehend von den neuesten Erkenntnissen aus Neurobiologie und Psychologie zeigen die Autoren Gefahren der neuen Medien auf, ohne diese an sich abzulehnen. Viele Beispiele und praktische Hinweise helfen, mit den neuen Medien im Alltag besser umzugehen und unsere Kinder entsprechend zu erziehen. Eine ausgewogene (Über-)Lebenshilfe.

Die Workload Im Bachelor Zeitbudget Und Studierverhalten

Author : Rolf Schulmeister
ISBN : 3830975163
Genre : Education
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Ausgehend von drastisch gestiegenen Abbrecherquoten und einer verstärkten Nachfrage nach Studien- und psychologischer Beratung stellt sich die Frage nach den Ursachen für diese Entwicklung, die in der Studie ZEITLast beleuchtet werden sollen. Der Diskurs über den Bachelor ist von widersprüchlichen Behauptungen bestimmt, deren Geltung erst durch empirische Forschung aufgeklärt werden kann. In Zeitbudget-Analysen, Befragungen, Interviews und Zeitmanagement-Seminaren wurde festgestellt, dass die Zeit, die Studierende in das Studium investieren, im Mittel viel geringer ist, als in früheren Befragungen ermittelt wurde, und weit unter den von Bologna geforderten Werten liegt. Studierenden, die über eine zu hohe Belastung klagen, ist in der Regel nicht bewusst, wie wenig Zeit sie für das Lernen aufgewendet haben: Subjektive Wahrnehmung von Lernzeit und tatsächlich investierter Lernaufwand fallen auseinander. Die Studie hat sich auch zu einer Methodenkritik an Befragungen entwickelt, da Befragungen offenbar Ergebnisse erbringen, die durch das Merkmal sozialer Erwünschtheit stark beeinflusst werden. Berücksichtigt wird außerdem der aktuelle Stand im US-amerikanischen Bildungssystem, wo hohe Abbrecherquoten und ein mangelndes „academic engagement“ ebenfalls an der Tagesordnung sind. Impulse gibt die Studie für alle im Bildungsbereich Tätigen, die sich nicht mit der vorurteilsbehafteten Kritik am Bachelor-Studium begnügen möchten, sondern die die dahinter stehenden Probleme erkennen und konstruktive Lösungen wie das von den Verfassern vorgeschlagene Modell einer Lehrorganisation mit geblockten Modulen und einem aktiven Selbststudium weiterentwickeln möchten.

Die Empathische Zivilisation

Author : Jeremy Rifkin
ISBN : 9783593385129
Genre : Political Science
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Bestsellerautor Jeremy Rifkin entwirft in dieser mitreissenden Zivilisationsgeschichte ein grundlegend neues Menschenbild. Empathie war seit jeher prägend für das Schicksal der Zivilisation und sie wird für unsere Zukunft sogar entscheidend sein. Neue Erkenntnisse von Biologen und Hirnforschern zeigen: Kooperation siegt über Konkurrenz. Das Internet und die Kommunikationstechnologie haben Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft von Grund auf verändert. Wir müssen unseren Platz auf der Erde grundlegend neu definieren. Doch wir stehen vor einem historischen Dilemma: Die Evolution der Empathie ging einher mit der immer räuberischeren Plünderung unseres Planeten. Die entscheidende Frage, mit der sich die Menschheit jetzt konfrontiert sieht, lautet: Wird globale Empathie rechtzeitig erreicht sein, um den Zusammenbruch der Zivilisation abzuwenden?.

The Core Teaching Your Child The Foundations Of Classical Education

Author : Leigh A. Bortins
ISBN : 0230107680
Genre : Education
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In the past, correct spelling, the multiplication tables, the names of the state capitals and the American presidents were basics that all children were taught in school. Today, many children graduate without this essential knowledge. Most curricula today follow a haphazard sampling of topics with a focus on political correctness instead of teaching students how to study. Leigh Bortins, a leading figure in the homeschooling community, is having none of it. She believes that there are core areas of knowledge that are essential to master. Without knowing the multiplication tables, children can't advance to algebra. Without mastery of grammar, students will have difficulty expressing themselves. Without these essential building blocks of knowledge, students may remember information but they will never possess a broad and deep understanding of how the world works. In The Core, Bortins gives parents the tools and methodology to implement a rigorous, thorough, and broad curriculum based on the classical model, including: - Rote memorization to cement knowledge - Systematic learning of geography, historical facts, and timelines - Reading the great books and seminal historical documents instead of adaptations and abridged editions - Rigorous training in math and the natural sciences

Traditions And Transitions

Author : John L. Plews
ISBN : 9781554584673
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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Traditions and Transitions: Curricula for German Studies is a collection of essays by Canadian and international scholars on the topic of why and how the curriculum for post-secondary German studies should evolve. Its twenty chapters, written by international experts in the field of German as a foreign or second language, explore new perspectives on and orientations in the curriculum. In light of shifts in the linguistic and intercultural needs of today’s global citizens, these scholars in German studies question the foundations and motivations of common curriculum goals, traditional program content, standard syllabus design, and long-standing classroom practice. Several chapters draw on a range of contemporary theories—from critical applied linguistics, second-language acquisition, curriculum theory, and cultural studies—to propose and encourage new curriculum thinking and reflective practice related to the translingual and cross-cultural subjectivities of speakers, learners, and teachers of German. Other chapters describe and analyze specific examples of emerging trends in curriculum practice for learners as users of German. This volume will be invaluable to university and college faculty working in the discipline of German studies as well as in other modern languages and second-language education in general. Its combination of theoretical and descriptive explorations will help readers develop a critical awareness and understanding of curriculum for teaching German and to implement new approaches in the interests of their students.

Citizen Politics

Author : Russell J. Dalton
ISBN : 9781483321431
Genre : Political Science
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Now, more than ever, people drive the democratic process. What people think of their government and its leaders, how (or whether) they vote, and what they do or say about a host of political issues greatly affect the further strengthening or erosion of democracy and democratic ideals. This fully updated new sixth edition of Citizen Politics: Public Opinion and Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies, by Russell J. Dalton, continues to offer the only truly comparative study of political attitudes and behavior in the United States, Great Britain, France, and Germany. In addition to its comprehensive, thematic examination of political values, political activity, voting, and public images of government within a cross-national context, Citizen Politics explores new forms of political activity, such as Internet-based activism and new forms of political consumerism. All chapters have been updated with the latest research and empirical evidence. Further, Dalton includes new discussions of citizen sophistication and its implications for democratic citizenship.

Newsweek

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ISBN : UOM:39015070043552
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American Journal Of Play

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ISBN : PSU:000059797722
Genre : Play
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Law School 2 0

Author : David I. C. Thomson
ISBN : STANFORD:36105134430821
Genre : Computers
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