Beyond Affirmative Action: Reframing the Context of Higher Education

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    A century ago, universities were primarily in the business of molding upper-class young men for the professions. The world has changed, and universities have been forced to keep pace by experimenting with affirmative action, curriculum overhauls, part-time degree programs, and the like. But at the core of the modern university establishment is an ingrained academic culture that has operated in the same ways for centuries, contends Robert Ibarra, and in Beyond Affirmative Action, he calls ...

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    A century ago, universities were primarily in the business of molding upper-class young men for the professions. The world has changed, and universities have been forced to keep pace by experimenting with affirmative action, curriculum overhauls, part-time degree programs, and the like. But at the core of the modern university establishment is an ingrained academic culture that has operated in the same ways for centuries, contends Robert Ibarra, and in Beyond Affirmative Action, he calls for a complete paradigm shift.
     Why does academic culture, he asks, emphasize individual achievement over teamwork? Why do so many exams test discrete bits of knowledge rather than understanding of the big picture? Why is tenure awarded for scholarly publications rather than for sharing knowledge in diverse ways with students and a wider community? Why do undergraduates drop out? And why do so many bright graduate students and junior faculty—including many minorities, women, and some majority males—become disenchanted with academia or fail to be accepted and rewarded by the tenured faculty?
    Ibarra introduces a theory of "multicontextuality," which proposes that many people learn better when teachers emphasize whole systems of knowledge and that education can create its greatest successes by offering and accepting many approaches to teaching and learning. This revolutionary paradigm also addresses why current thinking about academic systems and organizational culture, affirmative action, and diversity must be revised. Ibarra bases his groundbreaking proposals upon his own synthesis of findings from anthropological, educational, and psychological studies of how people from various cultures learn, as well as findings from extended interviews he conducted with Latinos and Latinas who pursued graduate degrees and then either became university faculty or chose other careers. From his perspectives as a practicing anthropologist, teacher, researcher, and administrator, Ibarra provides a blueprint for change that will interest:
    o Administrators developing campus strategic plans
    o Boards, commissions, and agencies making policy for educational institutions
    o Students and faculty struggling to find ways that academia can serve multiple constituencies
    o Academic and career advisors to students
    o Researchers in cognitive psychology, sociology, anthropology, education, and ethnic studies
    o Businesses rethinking their organizational cultures and strategies

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New York Review of Books
Ibarra proposes that education can create its greatest successes by taking many different approaches to teaching and learning, and employing many different measures of success.
Booknews
Ibarra (academic affairs, U. of Wisconsin-Madison) argues for a paradigm shift in academia. Drawing on extensive interviews with Latino students and faculty, he introduces a theory of "multicontextuality" which proposes that many people learn better when teachers emphasize whole systems of knowledge and that education can best succeed where it offers and accepts many approaches to teaching and learning. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299169046
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert A. Ibarra is assistant vice chancellor of academic affairs emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is the author of Latino Experiences in Graduate Education: Implications for Change.

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Table of Contents

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Foreword
Acknowledgments
Pt. I Reframing the Context of Higher Education
1 Critical Junctures for Change 3
2 The Latino Study: Reconceptualizing Culture and Changing the Dynamics of Ethnicity 20
3 Multicontextuality: A Hidden Dimension in Higher Education 43
Pt. II Latinas and Latinos in Graduate Education and Beyond
4 The Graduate School Experience: Ethnicity in Transformation 81
5 "They Really Forget Who They Are": Latinos and Academic Organizational Culture 107
6 Latinos and Latinas Encountering the Professoriate 138
Pt. III The Engagement of Cultural in Academia
7 Teaching, Testing, and Measuring Intelligence: Uncovering the Evidence That Cultural Context Is Important 181
8 Reframing the Cultural Context of the Academy: A New Infrastructure for Teaching, Learning, and Institutional Change 222
App. 1 Institutions Attended by Interviewees 263
App. 2 Graduate Enrollment, 1986-1996 265
App. 3 Latino Faculty Issues 266
Notes 269
References 281
Index 305
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