Textbooks redux

Welcome to all the new readers who have arrived here from Savage Minds, where my anti-textbook rant was linked yesterday. For further (non-anthropological) evidence for my case, my wife has provided some choice gems from her graduate-level library science text. Prepare to be shocked.

In the spirit of immediate but generalized reciprocity, I should note that Savage Minds discusses a very interesting report on where PhDs in anthropology work five years or more after their degree. I was surprised at the high percentage (over 60%) who are in tenure-track jobs, given the new prevalence of non-academic (but still professional) work in the field. The report has more good news than bad for those thinking about an academic career. It’s worth noting, however, that anthropology PhDs who drop out of professional life entirely are unlikely to respond at high rates to such surveys, producing a significant potential source of bias.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s