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Amendment to Thelin

John R. Thelin’s A History of American Higher Education is the most recent of Thelin’s many books about American higher education.  In this book, Thelin endeavors to “bring together the fresh research by historians” along with a “synthesis of articles, books, and monographs by dozens of established historians” in order to explain the “logic, methods, […]

Virginia Tech History Master’s Thesis Proposal

A Virginia Tech Master’s Thesis Proposal is comprised primarily of 3 parts: Narrative: including the historical question, thesis or focus statement (answer), significance of research, literature review, and personal review of the above. Historical Question—What are you writing about?  What significant questions are you asking and how does your topic address the question? Thesis or […]

The Week Ahead: 07/19–07/24

This week I am planning to return to heavy primary document research.  I’m on my way to Special Collections at Virginia Tech today and tomorrow to blast through a couple of boxes of University Archive papers.  Here is my checklist for the week:   Friday:  Meeting with Ryan Speer about VTSC digitization, use of Omeka, […]

A History of American Higher Education by John R. Thelin

John R. Thelin wrote a history textbook about the evolution of the American system of higher education in which he attempts to hit the major issues that policy makers, administrators, students, and parents faced during their own time period.  Clearly, because of the nature of a textbook in which one tries to cover a huge […]

Campus Life Book Review Synthesis

Paula S. Fass—University of California-Berkeley (Maragret S. Byrne Professor Emerita and Professor of the Graduate School)  Her books include The Damned and the Beautiful: American Youth in the 1920s, Oxford University Press, 1977; Outside In: Minorities and the Transformation of American Education, Oxford University Press, 1989; Kidnapped: A History of Child Abduction in the United […]

Campus Life: Undergraduate Cultures from the End of the Eighteenth Century to the Present by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz

In Campus Life, Helen Horowitz “attempts to describe the variety of ways that undergraduates have defined themselves, viewed their professors and fellow collegians, formed associations, and created systems of meaning and codes of behavior” in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th century, in order to explain the modern phenomena of student culture in the 1980s.  […]

The Week Ahead:

My thesis adviser and I have decided that I should write down my research plans for each week so that we are the same page and know what to expect.  I think this will also help to keep me honest about how much I have done each week, help me move through my research by […]