ERIC Number: ED178127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Perspective: General Education at the Community College, 1952-1978. Comparing Two Reports: General Education in Action--B. Lamar Johnson [and] General Education in a Changing Society--Miami-Dade Community College.
Matthews, Donald R., Jr.
The values, goals, and organization of general education have been highly controversial subjects in higher education for years. Two different perspectives are provided by B. Lamar Johnson's "General Education in Action" (1952) and Miami-Dade Community College's (MDCC's) "General Education in a Changing Society" (1978). Concerns such as technology, value systems, personal social adjustment, career goals, and knowledge of national culture were common to the 1950's and the 1970's. Issues of energy, discretionary time, and lifelong learning gained importance after Johnson's report. In organizing a plan of general education, Johnson proposed defining its purpose, building a structure to achieve the purpose, operating the structure, and evaluating the results. He recommended courses in Communication Skills, American History, Psychology of Adjustment, Family Life Education, Health Education, Creative Arts, and Physical Education. MDCC established specific objectives for its program in categories of fundamental skills, the individual, the individual's goals for the future, the individual's relationship with other persons and groups, and society and the individual. Core courses within the plan were Communications, Humanities, the Social Environment, the Natural Environment, the Individual, and Health Maintenance. Numerous other studies are cited in the report. (AYC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Identifiers: Johnson (B Lamar); Miami Dade Community College FL
Note: Graduate Seminar Paper, University of Florida