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Employers Have New Reasons to Shun 'Overqualified' Candidates
Now comes a study from the University of Houston that suggests overqualified employees are actually less productive than novice workers, and frequently engage in nonproductive habits. It's a conclusion that runs counter to the value extended by experienced candidates, and makes it even more difficult for senior professionals to find new jobs.
work  labor  credential  age  productivity 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Professionalization in the academy | Harvard Magazine Nov-Dec 2009
[The Marketplace of Ideas by Louis Menand] In this work, Menand examines general education, the state of the humanities, the tensions between disciplinary and interdisciplinary work, and, in chapter four, “Why Do Professors All Think Alike?” The following excerpts, from the third and fourth chapters and his conclusion, probe the professionalization of a research-oriented professoriate and the practice and consequences of contemporary doctoral education, and the resulting implications for liberal-arts colleges, universities, and the wider society.
academia  culture  markets  humanities  crisis  future  professionalization  credential 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Open Ph.D. – An Experiment in Higher Learning
New weblog working on an independent PhD in education technology and open learning.
weblog-individual  education  online  graduate-school  credential  lifelonglearning  independent  learning 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : Academia’s Function
Yes one might save the idealistic theory via various ad hoc assumptions, such as that people are ignorant in various specific ways and use prestige only as a heuristic to achieve their altruistic ends. But it seems far simpler to me to just postulate that people care primarily about affiliating with others who have been certified as prestigious.
academia  purpose  credential  signals  utility  academic 
july 2009 by tsuomela
After Credentials
Paul Graham theorizes about credentials.
history  credential  performance  education 
march 2009 by tsuomela
digital digs: redrawing the college classroom
But that's not what higher education is about for students, at least not primarily. Students want to be vetted and certified. Faculty, administrators, accrediting bodies determine the definition of a particular degree. Students who earn the degree attain a particular identity. Are we going to allow students to determine their own curriculum and then at some self-determined end state that they are now certified to be public school teachers or lawyers or doctors? I suppose we could, and then we would leave it up to the employers (school districts for example) to determine if students were qualified. But I don't really see anyone wanting universities to abdicate that responsibility.
future  university  education  academia  credential  purpose 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Annals of Education: Most Likely to Succeed: Reporting
Educational-reform efforts typically start with a push for higher standards for teachers-that is, for the academic and cognitive requirements for entering the profession to be as stiff as possible. But after you've watched Pianta's tapes, and seen how complex the elements of effective teaching are, this emphasis on book smarts suddenly seems peculiar.
education  teaching  by(MalcolmGladwell)  policy  testing  evaluation  regulation  credential 
december 2008 by tsuomela » Michel Bauwens and the Peer Production Economy
Peer production thus abandons “credentialism” – a system of control used in modernity to protect information within a group, said Bauwens. Guilds, churches and universities are examples. In a p2p network, however, instead of making selections about work at the beginning, based on credentials, selection comes at the end, based on collective judgments.
peer-production  commons  credential  authority  economics 
december 2008 by tsuomela

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