ERIC Number: ED196361
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
General Education: Practice Without Theory.
The contemporary literature on general education, most of which is aimed at college and university reform, is evaluated. The underlying assumptions of some of the representive works on this topic are examined, and persistent issues in the field are identified and alternatives proposed. Although the emphasis of the analysis is directed to "Missions of the College Curriculum: A Contemporary Review With Suggestions," by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, commentary is also concerned with Arthur Levine's "Handbook on Undergraduate Curriculum" (also sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation), four books by other authors, and the Bard College Center Conference paper, "The New Curriculum at Harvard," by Stanley Hoffman. It is concluded that the contemporary general education literature does not attend adequately to theoretical and historical foundations for curriculum, neglecting thereby significant alternative modes of inquiry that are merging. It is suggested that the proposals for future action are unwarranted extrapolations from surveys of contemporary practice, and that the efforts ignore the specialized curriculum knowledge of professional educators. Four alternatives to current efforts in general education curriculum reform in higher education are described, including recognizing the need for articulation between effective general education reform at the secondary level and at the postsecondary level. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association.