In this book, Thompson, a professor in the department of psychology and neuroscience and former dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, hopes to change the nature of the conversation about higher education from critiques to focusing on efforts of systematic improvement in undergraduate education.
Changing the Conversation about Higher Education establishes a culture of experimentation and evidence for undergraduate education through undertaking teaching and learning experiments at 13 universities. This book discusses the contributions and findings from these experiments and is intended for academic administrators, faculty, and graduate students who are interested in improving undergraduate teaching and learning. The experiments are directed at two core aims of a liberal education: critical thinking and writing.
The book is structured to address the issues of vision, structure, and cultural transformation that are of specific interest to academic administrators and the promising practices and issues of identity and support that are concerns of faculty and graduate students.