October 8, 2012
Habits of Mind: Lessons for the Long Term
With the growing emphasis on job-related skills, some professors argue, the cultivation of important intellectual traits is getting short shrift
David Zentz for The Chronicle
Many education experts who seek to define the value of a college degree seize on metrics that can be quantified in the short term.
Some look at levels of student engagement, while others calculate gains on standardized tests of critical-thinking skills. Still others have started analyzing the salaries that recent graduates earn.
A different sort of approach, quietly gaining steam, takes a longer—and