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The Method in our Madness: Data Collection and Analysis for Our Study of Higher Education, Part I

by Wendy Fischman and Howard Gardner When hearing about our ambitious national study of higher education (click here for more information), colleagues often ask us how we went about carrying out the study and how we will analyze the various kinds of data and draw conclusions. At first blush, the decision to carry out approximately […]

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Good Lives: Students Working Together to Build Community

by Wendy Fischman At the University of La Verne, all incoming students participate in a first year initiative called FLEX (First-Year Learning Experience), in which students choose from twenty different “learning communities” through which they take classes and become involved in the community within and beyond campus. FLEX is the first experience of the larger […]

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Building a Bridge: Writing in Science and Mathematics Classes at Kenyon College

An Introductory Message from Howard Gardner For the last year, I’ve been writing blogs regularly. Their foci have varied: books that I value, autobiographical notes, stimulating museum exhibitions, academic programs and approaches that I admire, and thoughts about higher education—past, present, and future. I’ve focused on educational experiences that are transformative—sometimes for me, often for […]

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High School Writing: The Return of the Repressed

In my most recent blog, I reflected on my decidedly incomplete memories of my early life. In particular, I had believed that my intellectual life had in essence begun when, in the fall of 1961 at the age of 18, I had become a freshman at Harvard College. But in going through recently discovered old […]

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The Child as Father to the Man

As I have sought to embody the name of this blog, I’ve focused on my own learning that has taken place this year: through recent reading (e.g. my two posts on the von Humboldt brothers); ongoing research (our study of higher education in the United States); and current teaching (what readings to assign to my […]

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