Making The Grade / Edition 1

Making The Grade / Edition 1

by Howard Saul Becker, Everett C. Hughes, Blanche Geer
     
 

ISBN-10: 1560008075

ISBN-13: 9781560008071

Pub. Date: 01/01/1995

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Based on three years of detailed anthropological observation, this account of undergraduate culture portrays students' academic relations to faculty and administration as one of subjection. With rare intervals in crisis moments, student life has always been dominated by grades and grade point averages. The authors of Making the Grade maintain that,

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Based on three years of detailed anthropological observation, this account of undergraduate culture portrays students' academic relations to faculty and administration as one of subjection. With rare intervals in crisis moments, student life has always been dominated by grades and grade point averages. The authors of Making the Grade maintain that, though it has taken different forms from tune to time, the emphasis on grades has persisted in academic life. From this premise they argue that the social organization giving rise to this emphasis has remained remarkably stable throughout the century.

Becker, Geer, and Hughes discuss various aspects of college life and examine the degree of autonomy students have over each facet of their lives. Students negotiate with authorities the conditions of campus political and organizational life—the student government, independent student organizations, and the student newspaper—and preserve substantial areas of autonomous action for themselves. Those same authorities leave them to run such aspects of their private lives as friendships and dating as they wish. But, when it comes to academic matters, students are subject to the decisions of college faculties and administrators.

Becker deals with this continuing lack of autonomy in student life in his new introduction. He also examines new phenomena, such as the impact of "grade inflation" and how the world of real adult work has increasingly made professional and technical expertise, in addition to high grades, the necessary condition for success. Making the Grade continues to be an unparalleled contribution to the studies of academics, students, and college life. It will be of interest to university administrators, professors, students, and sociologists.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560008071
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1995
Series:
Foundations of Higher Education Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction to the Transaction Edition
1Studying College Students: The Nature of Our Problem1
2The University of Kansas15
3The Grade Point Average Perspective28
4Definition of the Situation: Organizational Rules and the Importance of Grades43
5Definition of the Situation: Faculty-Student Interaction63
6Information and the Organization of Activity80
7The Pursuit of Grades92
8Bases of Judgment and Evaluation108
9Evidence for the Existence of the Grade Point Average Perspective121
10Conclusion129
Index149

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