ERIC Number: ED163839
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Curricular Reform for the 1980s.
Trends in curriculum reform are traced, and a number of relevant publications are critiqued. Three volumes issued by the Carnegie Council on Policy Studies deal with the problems and issues of the college curriculum. One volume, by Frederick Rudolph, is a historical survey of the American undergraduate curriculum. A second volume deals with the major issues of the 1970s, and an undergraduate curriculum handbook duplicates much of what is in the other volumes. Curriculum improvement is addressed by Chickering, Halliburton, Bergquist, and Lindquist (1977) in a project for the Council for the Advancement of Small Colleges. The handbook is designed for faculty and administrators. An effort that is helpful in defining the minimal competencies of a college graduate has been made by four scholars writing under the auspices of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (1977). A small volume by Boyer and Kaplan discusses the need for a core curriculum. A proposal for a core curriculum at Harvard University, a California task force's proposed changes in general education, and an effort at Columbia University to "reintegrate" the university through general education are noted. Belknap and Kuhns (1977) discuss general education, and innovations and attempted reforms of the past two decades are treated in a volume by Grant and Riesman (1978). Trends that are outlined in this newsletter include the current pressures toward unity after a period of much diversity. The shift in thinking about curricula represents a turning from change and innovation to reform and restructuring. (SW)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Core Curriculum, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Problems, Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Innovation, Educational Trends, General Education, Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Minimum Competencies, Trend Analysis
Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Inst. of Higher Education.
Identifiers: Carnegie Commission on Policy Studies; Columbia University NY; Council for the Advancement of Small Colleges; Harvard University MA; Tennessee Higher Education Commission; University of California System
Note: Paper originally presented at the College Board Summer Institute (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, July 31, 1978)