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An “Industrial Ph.D.”: Oxymoron, or the Salvation of Higher Education?

by Howard Gardner The University of Reggio Emilia and Modena in Northern Italy has announced an ‘industrial Ph.D.” in “Reggio Childhood Studies” and has admitted an initial cohort of ten students. Over the course of three years, the doctoral candidates will take courses, decide on a thesis topic, carry out the necessary library and/or empirical […]

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Embedding Ethics in University

What role can organizations like institutions of higher learning play in encouraging ethical behavior? This was a question that Howard Gardner tackled as a featured speaker at the World Academic Summit in September 2019, organized by Times Higher Education in Zurich. In a panel discussion on definitions of talent, Gardner pushed for the encouragement of […]

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Towards a Book

As readers of this blog are aware, we have for seven years been carrying out an ambitious national study of higher education. For the last year and a half, we have been busy—analyzing data, writing dozens of blogs, giving occasional talks. We believe that we could write hundreds of blogs, scores of articles, several books—but […]

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Ethics at Work: The Importance of Academic Honesty in Our Schools, Part III

by Wendy Fischman In the previous two blogs (Part I and Part II), I reflected on the recent admissions cheating scandal in light of our earlier research of young workers and our large, national study of higher education. In this blog, I describe some takeaways based on our study—ways we might begin to address these […]

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Ethics at Work: The Importance of Academic Honesty in our Schools, Part II

by Wendy Fischman In the previous blog, I discussed the recent admissions scandal in higher education. I drew on our research conducted in the late 1990s: we described how easily young people justified cutting corners in order to get ahead and/or satisfy pressures to be “successful.” In this blog, I relate this work to our […]

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