Cognitively Sharper, Intellectually Immune

Tim Clydesdale

in The First Year Out

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780226110653
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226110677 | DOI:
Cognitively Sharper, Intellectually Immune

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Culturally mainstream American teens are, by the end of the first year out, more cognitively sharper and more skilled in adapting to new organizations, than they were before but are largely immune to intellectual curiosity and creative engagement. Educationally, then, the glass is neither empty nor full. It is half-empty for those who want the first year out to be about intellectual curiosity and creative engagement, and it is half-full for those who want the first year out to be about becoming smarter and successfully adapting to new formal organizations. This chapter describes the educational preparation of high school seniors, the educational experiences of first-year students, and the cultural mismatch between educator hopes, student experiences, and public perceptions.

Keywords: American teens; high school seniors; education preparation; education experiences; first-year students

Chapter.  13246 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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