Friday, January 20, 2012

BAND Discussion: Reading to Support Goals

This month for the B.A.N.D. (Bloggers' Alliance of Nonfiction Devotees) discussion, Joy of Joy's Book Blog asks
What book or books have you used or are you using to support a goal, resolution, or project?

This is a tricky question for me because I'm not really a "resolution" type person. I don't typically sit down and write out goals or plans to achieve those goals. I do have some life improvements in mind that I've already started, but not many of them seem to involve reading books.  As a matter of fact, for one of my recent aspirations, reading books actually is counter-effective: I'm trying to find hobbies that are not so sedentary because I hate exercising but need more physical activity. Currently my hobbies include reading, blogging, watching movies, and falling asleep at the beach. I'm already working toward finding non-sedentary interests: Andy and I are going to start volunteering with Habitat for Humanity one Saturday a month.

One lifelong goal that I have is to build my knowledge of education and education policy. I recently developed and then postponed a plan to get a second master's degree in higher education and in the meantime, I'm planning to read books and articles on the subject. I just bought one book that fits the bill: Academically Adrift by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa. This book asks and tries to answer the question "Are undergraduates learning anything in college?"

I also have my eye on Higher Education?: How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids---and What We Can Do About It by Andrew Hacker, Learning in Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide by Sharan B. Merriam, et al., and The Two Cultures by C.P. Snow.

What books about higher education have you read that you can recommend to me? What books do you plan to read to support your goals and aspirations?