ERIC Number: ED211168
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Humanities and Occupational Education.
Slonecker, William G.
Many who believe in the value of the study of the humanities are faced with the problems of how to attract vocational students to humanities courses, maintain their interest in such courses so that they fulfill the general education requirements for graduation, and, if possible, generate an ongoing interest in the humanities. In response to these problems, two humanities courses have been developed and implemented at Chemeketa Community College (CCC). One course, "Oceans," seeks to place its subject within a broad social, economic, political, historical, and ecological context and to help students relate the subject to their personal development. The other course, "Literature for Technicians," was designed to generate enthusiasm for literature and to provide vicarious experience with people and problems to be faced in life and on the job. The major barriers to be overcome in designing the course were students' poor experience with general education, lack of writing and information-gathering skills, and low regard for literature and the humanities. Input from faculty and students was used to design the course, in which readings are thought provoking, educational and easily related to the student's life; the classroom environment is relaxing and unpressured; and homework is kept to a minimum. Emphasis is placed on lifelong learning and on a complete technical education, interweaving the technical, the scientific, and the humanities. (HB)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Course Content, Course Objectives, Courses, Education Work Relationship, Educational Objectives, Humanities Instruction, Lifelong Learning, Literature, Program Development, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Motivation, Technical Education, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Chemeketa Community College OR
Note: Paper presented at the Community College Humanities Association Western-Pacific Conference (San Francisco, CA, November 20-21, 1981).