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Keeping the Professions Alive and True to their Mission: Lessons from the Netherlands

by Howard Gardner and Danny Mucinskas For those of us who believe that the professions are a remarkable human creation, worth maintaining and even enhancing, these are depressing times. On the one hand, so-called professionals, equipped with titles, prestige, and generous income, all too often behave in ways that are embarrassing, if not patently illegal. […]

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To Belong, or Not To Belong: That Is The Question

by Wendy Fischman What is the most transformative educational experience you have had to date? In our national study of higher education, we posed this question to individuals across 10 disparate colleges and universities. Students (incoming and graduating), faculty, young alums, trustees, parents, and job recruiters gave a predictable wide range of responses—specific college courses, […]

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Advising for Students: A Problem or Solution?

by Wendy Fischman Students go to college for various reasons. Some want to pursue a particular academic interest or passion, possibly one in which they may specialize thereafter in graduate school. For others, college is simply the obvious next step after high school; in the absence of a particular academic goal, they may want to […]

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An Extraordinary Commentary on the Festschrift “Mind, Work, and Life”

by Howard Gardner I was thrilled–though also a bit skeptical—when my wife, Ellen Winner, and my long time colleague, Mindy Kornhaber, proposed a Festschrift (a celebratory book) to make my 70th birthday. My skepticism evaporated when over 100 friends and colleagues wrote appreciations, which were compiled in two hefty volumes. And I was tremendously touched […]

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Why So Many Students Spurn $50/hour ($100K/year)

by Howard Gardner In our large national study of higher education, we sought the participation of 1000 students (100 at each campus).  We proposed to interview students for about an hour, asking them a range of questions about their college experience. Standard practice in the field of interviewing is to pay students $20-25 an hour; […]

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