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Robert McClintock

Professional Background

Educational Background

A.B., High Honors, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School (1961)
Columbia University, History Department  (1963)
Ph.D., With Distinction, Columbia University, History & Education (1968)

Scholarly Interests

Selected Publications

biographical information

Here are a few links to my activities on the Web.

  • You will find my recent book, Enough:A Pedagogic Speculation, raises lots of questions about the direction of education and public life and shows how we can improve them with serious and sustained effort.
  • I contribute to Formative Justice, a blog "for the education and culture that all persons merit." I also write periodically at the Dewey Society's Social Issues blog.
  • I tweet at @robmcclintock, although not too frequently as I am inclined to paraphrase Wittgenstein--"whereof one speaks in 140 char, thereof one should be silent."
  • I have a 2.0 social presence, somewhat shy and reticent, on Facebook, on Google+, on LinkedIn, on Academia, on Goodreads, and on LibraryThing.
  • To interact, person-to-person, try email--no bots please!

If you want information about me, the Web has lots of that too:

  • In 2011, Joe Levine, a good writer working for Teachers  College, did a profile about me as "The Accidental Technologist."
  • A few years ago, I told my story in a few pages--what I anticipated then hasn't quite panned out, but it is true enough in spirit.
  • You can get the details of my professional career from my myCV.

Currently, I'm trying to network colleagues through a Collaboratory for Liberal Learning, so we can make our scholarship and criticism more effective in education and public affairs. Previously I tried something similar through, a wiki for explorations in education, communication, and culture. And before that, I devoted a lot of energy to building up the Institute for Learning Technologies.

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curriculum vitae

MSTU 4010: Theories of communication

A broad, multidisciplinary survey of contemporary perspectives on communication. Topics include: definitions, models and theories of information processing, history of media change, cross-cultural communication, interpersonal communication, and the uses and effects of mass media. Special fee: $35.

MSTU 4016: The history of communication

A comprehensive survey of the history of communication, tracing the development of the dominant modes of transmitting knowledge, from speaking to writing, from printing to the electronic media. Special fee: $35.

MSTU 5606: Readings in communication theory and social thought I

Each week during the academic year, participants in this course will read and discuss important work in the literature of Communication. These works all consider how the conditions and constraints of human interaction affect culture, public discourse, and the historical quality of life. The aim is to acquire a thorough grounding in how thinkers have addressed a basic problem in the study of communication over the past century and a half. Completion of written work for the colloquium is part of the certification requirement for doctoral candidates in the Communication and Education program, and it can serve as the culminating project required for completion of the Master of Education degree in that program.

Centers and Projects

Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning

In partnership with the faculty as content experts, the Center is committed to advancing the purposeful use of new media and digital technologies in the educational programs of Columbia University. We are committed to ongoing evaluation of the efficacy of our work within the University.