ERIC Number: ED232537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Curriculum Context: Crisis of Conscience or Crisis of Confidence? A Case Study.
Thompson, Patricia J.
Undergraduate curriculum changes at Lehman College, City University of New York (CUNY), following the dismantling of a Department of Family and Consumer Studies (home economics), are discussed. Attention is also directed to the history of the Department of Home Economics at the college (1946-1979). The recent changes, which involved a distribution of the undergraduate courses and curricula between two departments, took place during 1980-1982. The family focus and core courses were retained, but home economics was downgraded from departmental to program status under the Department of Specialized Services in Education. Food and nutrition courses were to be offered under a new curricular rubric, "Dietetics, Food, and Nutrition," in the Health Professions Institute. Concerns regarding the historically required content of a home economics curriculum are cited. It is claimed that in spite of provisions that protect the student from arbitrary changes in the curriculum and that provide faculty with guidelines to plan curricular change, the college created a curriculum by administrative fiat. Questions regarding the legitimacy of the changes and the integrity of home economics degrees, the position of the Lehman Senate, and communications with CUNY Central Administration and state officials are addressed. (SW)
Descriptors: College Programs, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Problems, Decision Making, Departments, Dietetics, Faculty College Relationship, Foods Instruction, Governance, Higher Education, Home Economics Education, Majors (Students), Nutrition Instruction, Policy Formation, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: City University of New York Lehman College
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).