American Examples
Language: en
Pages: 191
Authors: Michael J. Altman
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-11-16 - Publisher: University of Alabama Press

Fresh new perspectives on the study of religion, ranging from a church-architecture mecca of Southeast Indiana to what an atheist parent believes American Examples: New Conversations about Religion, Volume One is the first in a series of annual anthologies published in partnership with the Department of Religious Studies at The University of Alabama. The American Examples initiative gathers scholars from around the world for a series of workshops designed to generate big questions about the study of religion in America. Bypassing traditional white Protestant narratives in favor of new perspectives on belief, social formation, and identity, American Examples fellows offer dynamic perspectives on American faith that challenge our understandings of both America and religion as categories. In the first volume of this exciting academic project, five topically and methodologically diverse scholars vividly reimagine the potential applications of religious history. The five chapters of this inaugural volume use case studies from America, broadly conceived, to ask larger theoretical questions that are of interest to scholars beyond the subfield of American religious history. Prea Persaud’s chapter explores the place of Hinduism among the “creole religions” of the Caribbean, while Hannah Scheidt captures what atheist parents say to each other about value systems. Travis Warren Cooper explains how the modernist church architecture of Columbus, Indiana, became central to that city’s identity. Samah Choudhury dissects how Muslim American comedians navigate Western ideas of knowledge and self to make their jokes, and their own selves legible, and Emily D. Crews uses ethnographic fieldwork to read the female reproductive body among Nigerian Pentecostal congregations. Editor Michael J. Altman also provides a brief, rich introduction assessing the state of the discipline of religious history and how the American Examples project can lead the field forward. Visit for more information on the group and news about upcoming projects.
America's Critical Thinking Crisis
Language: en
Pages: 170
Authors: Steven J. Pearlman
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-11-18 - Publisher: Steven J. Pearlman

Even though 95% of Americans consider critical thinking an essential skill that schools should teach, our students’ problem-solving skills rank among the lowest in the world. Students actually show lower brain activity in class than while watching TV or sleeping, and most college students, as well as half of American adults, fail critical thinking tests. But why? Written by an expert who trains educators and executives, America’s Critical Thinking Crisis shows that the problem doesn’t fall on educators or Gen Z, but on a fundamentally flawed conception of what education means. Drawing on neuroscience, psychology, and educational research, it demonstrates how we can create legions of divergent thinkers and problem solvers by tapping the hardwiring that innately makes children think all the time, in all areas of life – just not so much in school. Pearlman’s timely book is an essential text for understanding why our students don’t think critically. It also demonstrates what education should be and how it could transform our students and our culture. The book is a needed addition to the library of any educator or parent, or just anyone concerned about the direction our culture is headed. Chris Hakala Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Springfield College Pearlman calls us to reimagine our education system as a whole and redefine what it means to teach and learn. We must understand that reason and critical thinking should be the primary outcomes of any quality education. America’s Critical Thinking Crisis speaks to us with urgency, and calls educators at every level to rethink, revise, and repurpose our work. Heeding Pearlman’s call may well be our only existential hope. Matthew Bristow-Smith 2019 North Carolina Principal of the Year Principal, Edgecombe Early College High School Pearlman's America’s Critical Thinking Crisis is a book written by a true college classroom pedagogue--one who eats, breathes, sleeps, and, for all I know, smokes college pedagogy as well. Filled with quirky asides, the book is flush with ideas about learning that only someone who has spent a life at the lectern (and deconstructing "the lectern") could imagine. Easygoing in its tone and passionate in its commitments, the book is strongly recommended for all of those dismayed at the state of American higher education and willing to get their hands dirty to fix it anew. Dr. Jacques Berlinerblau Author of Campus Confidential Professor, Georgetown University Helping students develop critical thinking is at the core of what most educators and society see as the essential role of higher education. In clear prose and with a dose of dark humor, Pearlman eviscerates current practices and lays out the urgent necessity for change. He also suggests strategies that could actually work, strategies that must become part of ongoing conversations in every facet of our society. Anton Tolman, Ph.D., Co-author, Why Students Resist Learning
Fundamentals Success A Q&A Review Applying Critical Thinking to Test Taking
Language: en
Pages: 576
Authors: Patricia M Nugent, Barbara A Vitale
Categories: Medical
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-05-27 - Publisher: F.A. Davis

More than 1,340 classroom-tested, NCLEX-style questions—including more than 440 alternate-item-format questions—reflect the latest advances in medical technology as well as the most recent guidelines and standards of care for nursing practice.
Practicing Atheism
Language: en
Authors: Hannah K. Scheidt
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-06-16 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

The number of people claiming no religious affiliation has skyrocketed in recent years, and that growth shows no signs of slowing down. But while the religiously unaffiliated demonstrate a variety of attitudes toward religious belief-including, in many cases, a complete lack of interest-a prominent subset of nonbelievers has claimed the mantle of "atheism." For them, atheism has become a marker of identity and a source of community. However, atheists themselves often disagree about core ideas, values, affinities, and attitudes. Contemporary atheist culture is marked by debates over deconversion, the relationship between science and religion, and the role of authority. What exactly does it mean to be an "atheist" beyond a simple lack of belief in a higher power? Hannah K. Scheidt's Practicing Atheism: Culture, Media, and Ritual in the Contemporary Atheist Network examines the variety of cultural products, both corporate-driven and grassroots, that carry messages about atheism and its relationships to religion. Through primary source materials such as Internet communities, popular television programming, and cultural representations of the movement such as those found in atheist fan art, the book paints a portrait of a culture in unique tension with religion, and provides a unique perspective on whether or not organized atheism constitutes a belief system in itself.
Language: en
Pages: 206
Authors: Myron Tuman
Categories: Computers
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002 - Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

"Critical is bound to raise a few hackles. It takes on two major thought-clichés of today´s world: first, that critical thinking is the ultimate form of thinking and that we know what it is when we encounter it; and, second, that the Internet promises us a brave new world of virtual literacy that will not only replace traditional literacy but improve it. Partly philosophical, partly practical, partly pedagogical, Critical is mostly a refreshing look at the interaction of knowledge production and technology. It is smart, more than a little daring, and probably will make you think a little differently about some of the things you thought you knew -- Gerald Early (Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters. Washington University) "Critical thinking has been oversold as a cure for ignorance and apathy. Myron Tuman exposes the shallowness of the conventional recipes and provides a good thing instead--a book of incisive distinctions, captivating material, and provocative reflections. It is bound to leave the reader a more thoughtful person." -- Albert Borgmann (Department of Philosophy. The University of Montana) Table of Content Prologue: "Critical Thinking for Dummies" - - - - 9 Chapter 1 Thinking Critically (about Critical Thinking) - - - - 13 "Critical" Questions Analysis or Reflection Which One Is Critical? Analysis and Progress A Cautionary Conclusion about Critical Thinking Seven Elements of Critical Thinking as Reflection Coda: Descartes and Questioning Chapter 2 - - - - 39 Finding and Evaluating Web Content The Open Web The Invisible Web The Gated Web Libraries and Web Access Facts, Commentary, and Experts Hot Topics and Emily Dickinson Summary: Stephen King on the Web Coda: Stephen King for Free! Chapter 3 - - - - 73 News and Reflection The Two Sides of Thomas Jefferson Internal and External Clues More on Authority News on the Web Plato and Rushkoff Coda: Cold Fusion Chapter 4 - - - - 99 The End of Books and Libraries? What Is a Book? What Does It Mean to Read? Two Models of Libraries Libraries Without Walls, Libraries Without Books Coda: Books, Libraries, and Marshall McLuhan Chapter 5 - - - - 121 The "Free" World of the Web The First Freedom: Expression The Second Freedom: Information The Third Freedom: Association Defining Community Coda: Thomas Jefferson Revisited Chapter 6 - - - - 143 Grassroots and Astroturf Promotion, Top-Down and Bottom-Up Grassroots and Astroturf Selling with Buzz Coda: Swag and Fan Empowerment Chapter 7 - - - - 156 Passion, Identity, and Censorship Identity Politics Hate Groups, the Dark Side of Identity Politics The Appeal of Censorship Critical Thinking and Taboos Coda: Edgar Allen Poe's "Purloined Letter" Chapter 8 - - - - 182 The Elements of Guile Stories as Subversion The Foolish Physics Professor The Comic as Subversive This American Life Coda: Chief Seattle, Another Populist Tale Epilogue Feeling the World - - - - 199 Index