ERIC Number: ED156281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May-23
Reference Count: 0
A Sense of Perspective: Four Years of Experience with an Integrated Humanities Course for Career Students.
Parsons, Michael H.
In an effort to promote personal growth in an increasingly de-personalized society, an interdisciplinary humanities course, focusing on the needs of career students, was developed at Hagerstown Junior College (Maryland). The course, "The Arts: A Creative Synthesis", combines art, drama, and music with the intention of introducing students to a wide range of humanities through styles, techniques, philosophies, and media viewed from a modern perspective. Instructors come from one of the involved disciplines and attempt to synthesize the diverse disciplinary components into a common body of knowledge that students can internalize and draw upon. The course relies on a multimedia delivery system including films, guest lecturers, field trips, and student projects. The impact of the course on college curriculum and student opinion of the course indicate course design and delivery system are acceptable. Nineteen students taking the course in spring 1978 responded to an attitudes and characteristics questionnaire. Demographic data were consistent with the overall college population. Students were allowed to give more than one reason for taking the course. Of respondents, 63% were required to take the course; 18% said counselors had suggested it; 18% had enrolled at friends' suggestions; 18% were attracted to the course title; and 18% indicated the course related to their majors. (TR)
Descriptors: Aesthetic Education, Community Colleges, Curriculum Enrichment, Delivery Systems, Experimental Programs, Humanities Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Multimedia Instruction, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, Teacher Role, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hagerstown Junior College MD
Note: Paper presented at the "What ever happened to the Humanities?" Conference (Catonsville, Maryland, May 23, 1978)