ERIC Number: ED027855
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar
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The Quest for Relevance: Effective College Teaching. Volume I. The Humanities.
American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Responding to a widely expressed discontent about college teaching shared by students, faculty and administrators, representatives of national professional and higher educational associations formed a committee to study means of revitalizing and reorienting instruction. Each contributor in Volume I, selected for his outstanding teaching skills in the humanities, examines current trends in teaching in his area or discipline, offers a critical review of the principal methods used, and provides pertinent bibliographical references. In his Introduction, Russell M. Cooper notes the impossibility of prescribing any single method of improving teaching and calls for reflection and self-criticism by the teacher. "Teaching Styles in the Humanities" by Joseph Axelrod cautions that relevance does not mean modernity but can be achieved by new ways of organizing the subject matter. Wallace W. Douglas, in "Some Questions about the Teaching of Works of Literary Art", aruges that teachers should re-examine their objectives. In "Teaching the Humanities", O.B. Hardison says that teaching is a cooperative affair varying with the class and that the teacher needs to be creative and conscious of the values he is transmitting. James M. McCrimmon's "Verbal Communication" calls attention to the difficulties of building awareness in students of composition as a process. The focus on college teaching here is from the standpoint of the disciplines whereas most of the literature treats it as a general topic. (JS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.