ERIC Number: ED177970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr-28
Reference Count: 0
Some Specifics in General Education.
Warren, Jonathan R.
The concept of general education, its specific goals, and its role in the college curriculum are discussed. The goals of general education appear to center around teaching students to think analytically and to synthesize ideas into a general understanding. It is suggested, however, that these objectives tend to get lost in the specifics of individual courses. Analytical thinking is defined as making accurate identifications, distinctions, or discriminations. Synthesizing ability is associated with integration, generalization, and extrapolation. Responses to short intellectual task tests are examined as a means of assessing students' analytical thinking and synthesizing ability. It is suggested that through analysis of student responses the narrow educational goals of general education can be extended to more general, yet still definable, objectives. The importance of broadening goals beyond the concerns of course content is emphasized. Clarification of the intellectual tasks required of students may lead to new approaches in instruction and should facilitate the skills of analysis and synthesis. (SF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Metropolitan Conference on General Education and Entering Learners (3rd, Wayne, New Jersey, April 28, 1979)