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Kett, Joseph F.

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Works: 37 works in 162 publications in 2 languages and 15,914 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  History  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Documentary films  Textbooks  Abstracts 
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Most widely held works by Joseph F Kett
The dictionary of cultural literacy by E. D Hirsch( Book )

30 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and Japanese and held by 4,714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What every American needs to know"--Jacket subtitle
Cultural literacy : what every American needs to know by E. D Hirsch( Book )

21 editions published between 1987 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 4,112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses how to enable students to make sense of what they read through prior knowledge of events, etc
The new dictionary of cultural literacy by E. D Hirsch( Book )

21 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 2,451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this fast-paced information age, how can Americans know what's really important and what's just a passing fashion? Now more than ever, we need a source that concisely sums up the knowledge that matters to Americans - the people, places, ideas, and events that shape our cultural conversation. With more than six thousand entries, The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy is that invaluable source. Wireless technology. Gene therapy, NAFTA. In addition to the thousands of terms described in the original Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, here are more than five hundred new entries to bring Americans' essential knowledge bank up to date. Are you familiar with the digital divide, European Union, Kwanzaa, pheromones, Type A and Type B personalities, spam? Or, test your knowledge on cultural icons that have stood the test of time: Odysseus, Leaves of Grass, Cleopatra, Winston Churchill, the Taj Mahal, and many, many more. Numerous original entries have been revised to reflect the many recent changes in world history and politics, American literature, and, especially, science and technology."--Jacket
Merit : the history of a founding ideal from the American Revolution to the twenty-first century by Joseph F Kett( )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and held by 1,827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The idea that citizens' advancement should depend exclusively on merit, on qualities that deserve reward rather than on bloodlines or wire-pulling, was among the Founding ideals of the American republic, Joseph F. Kett argues in this provocative and engaging book. Merit's history, he contends, is best understood within the context of its often conflicting interaction with the other ideals of the Founding, equal rights and government by consent. Merit implies difference; equality suggests sameness. By sanctioning selection of those lower down by those higher up, merit potentially conflicts with the republican ideal that citizens consent to the decisions that affect their lives. In Merit, which traces the history of its subject over three centuries, Kett asserts that Americans have reconciled merit with other principles of the Founding in ways that have shaped their distinctive approach to the grading of public schools, report cards, the forging of workplace hierarchies, employee rating forms, merit systems in government, the selection of officers for the armed forces, and standardized testing for intelligence, character, and vocational interests. Today, the concept of merit is most commonly associated with measures by which it is quantified. Viewing their merit as an element of their selfhood - essential merit - members of the Founding generation showed no interest in quantitative measurements. Rather, they equated merit with an inner quality that accounted for their achievements and that was best measured by their reputations among their peers. In a republic based on equal rights and consent of the people, however, it became important to establish that merit-based rewards were within the grasp of ordinary Americans. In response, Americans embraced institutional merit in the form of procedures focused on drawing small distinctions among average people. They also developed a penchant for increasing the number of winners in competition - what Kett calls "selection in" rather than "selection out"--In order to satisfy popular aspirations. Kett argues that values rooted in the Founding of the republic continue to influence Americans' approach to controversies, including those surrounding affirmative action, which involve the ideal of merit. -- Book jacket
Rites of passage : adolescence in America, 1790 to the present by Joseph F Kett( Book )

13 editions published between 1977 and 1979 in English and held by 1,567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The formation of the American medical profession; the role of institutions, 1780-1860 by Joseph F Kett( Book )

17 editions published between 1968 and 1980 in English and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines the medical history of the United States from the 18th to the 19th century
The pursuit of knowledge under difficulties : from self-improvement to adult education in America, 1750-1990 by Joseph F Kett( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This first history of nontraditional education in America traces the emergence of continuing and adult education from roots in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century popular self-improvement movements - the efforts of autodidacts, literary societies, mechanics' institutes, lyceums, Chautauqua, and the early experiments with university extension in the 1880's and 1890's."--BOOK JACKET. "The book persuasively links developments in the realm of popular self-improvement to cultural and social forces. It describes the way in which scholars and literati employed the diffusion of knowledge to establish a ground of sympathy between themselves and the public, and it explores the reasons why ordinary citizens turned to the cultivation of knowledge. By investigating both the intentions of leaders and the responses of followers, the author reveals a great deal about the motives that have driven the voluntary pursuit of knowledge in America. He also traces the complex relations between Chautauqua and similar informal institutions of popular self-improvement and such formal institutions of education as high schools and colleges."--BOOK JACKET
From useful knowledge to vocational education, 1860-1930 by Joseph F Kett( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Book culture in post-revolutionary Virginia by Joseph F Kett( Book )

3 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The enduring vision : a history of the American people by Paul S Boyer( Book )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American family revisited( Visual )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A ten-year update profile of the Loud family, and their reflections upon being featured in the controversial public TV series "An American family" in 1973
The enduring vision a history of the American people by Paul S Boyer( Book )

2 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The peculiarities of American culture by Joseph F Kett( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Amerika kyōyō jiten : Shinwa kara kagaku gijutsu made( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in Japanese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American family 1978 : human values and public policy by Joseph F Kett( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Regulation of the medical profession in America, 1780-1860 by Joseph F Kett( Book )

2 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To 1877( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kyōyō ga kuni o tsukuru by E. D Hirsch( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in Japanese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of reader response to stylistically poor prose indicated that the negative effects were greater if the topic was familiar to the readers. The readers were not measuring the stylistic quality of the text, but rather, the texts were measuring the cultural information of the readers. It is not possible to separate reading skills from the particular cultural information that the reader possesses. Teachers cannot teach reading and writing well if they neglect, by concentrating on technique, the particular cultural knowledge they should be teaching. Assuming that there exists a body of cultural content that defines true literacy, teachers should participate in an effort to define cultural literacy and encourage a more balanced union of form and content by resisting the drift toward making composition a separate area of expertise. Illiteracy is a deficiency in cultural information as well as reading and writing skills and can best be repaired by a combination of literature and rhetoric, of linguistic form and cultural content. This is not the task of English teachers alone, but of teachers all across the curriculum. (Hth)
The new dictionary of cultural literacy by Eric Donald Hirsch( Recording )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Education by Joseph F Kett( )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Kett, Joseph F. 1938-...

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Cultural literacy : what every American needs to knowThe new dictionary of cultural literacyThe pursuit of knowledge under difficulties : from self-improvement to adult education in America, 1750-1990The enduring vision : a history of the American peopleThe enduring vision a history of the American peopleTo 1877