Unassailable Ideas

How Unwritten Rules and Social Media Shape Discourse in American Higher Education
Oxford University Press
  • erschienen am 22. September 2020
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  • 272 Seiten
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Open inquiry and engagement with a diverse range of views are long-cherished and central tenets of higher education and are pivotal to innovation and knowledge creation. Yet, free inquiry on American campuses is hampered by a climate that constrains teaching, research, and overall discourse. In Unassailable Ideas, Ilana Redstone and John Villasenor examine the dominant belief system on American campuses, its uncompromising enforcement through social media, and the consequences for higher education. They argue that two trends in particular--the emergent role of social media in limiting academic research and knowledge discovery and a campus culture increasingly intolerant to diverse views and open inquiry--are fundamentally reshaping higher education. Redstone and Villasenor further identify and explain how three well-intentioned unwritten rules regarding identity define the current campus climate. They present myriad case studies illustrating the resulting impact on education, knowledge creation-and, increasingly the world beyond campus. They also provide a set of recommendations to build a new campus climate that would be more tolerant toward diverse perspectives and open inquiry. An insightful analysis of the current state of academia, Unassailable Ideas highlights an environment in higher education that forecloses entire lines of research, entire discussions, and entire ways of conducting classroom teaching.
  • Englisch
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978-0-19-007807-2 (9780190078072)
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Ilana Redstone is a professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a joint PhD in sociology and demography from the University of Pennsylvania. Ilana is also the founder of Diverse Perspectives Consulting. She leads workshops and consults inside and outside of academia, helping organizations build a climate where open communication and innovation thrive. More information about her work is available at diverseperspectivesconsulting.com. John Villasenor is a professor of electrical engineering, law, public policy, and management at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also the director of the UCLA Institute for Technology, Law, and Policy; a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Preface Acknowledgements 1 Introduction 2 The Three Beliefs 3 Campus Culture and The Three Beliefs 4 Social Media 5 Academic Freedom, With an Asterisk 6 The New Landscape of Tenure 7 Social Media and The Publication Process 8 Challenges to Open Inquiry 9 Classroom Consequences 10 The Key Role of Adjuncts 11 Counterarguments 12 Beyond Academia 13 Solutions 14 Conclusion References Index
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