ERIC Number: ED252652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Humanities and the Adult Learner in an Information Society.
Myers, Dale; Kamholtz, Jonathan
Humanities courses have often been given little attention in continuing education for adults, possibly because they have been viewed as not "practical" or not "job-oriented" enough in our career-oriented, technologically advanced society. However, the humanities should be an integral part of our culture and of the lives of educated persons--a tenet that is becoming increasingly recognized by those conducting studies of our education system. The University of Cincinnati has started a model program to attract support for liberal arts courses and make the humanities more accessible to adult students. This program is set up to conduct courses in locations in the community, with course subjects structured around community or national events. For example, course offerings have included Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," given at Cincinnati Playhouse, and "Science Fiction," given at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History's Science Fiction Festival. The fledgling program provides incentive awards of up to $750 for liberal arts faculty members to develop courses, along with stipends for teaching the courses. So far, the program has attracted 34 university teachers, ranking from instructor to full professor, and 9 are willing to repeat the experience. Plans are being made to expand the program with outside funding and to involve more faculty from the liberal arts area in teaching courses that will reach adult students in the community. (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Adult Education, Adult Programs, Adult Students, College Faculty, College Programs, Continuing Education, Demonstration Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Innovation, Extension Education, Higher Education, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Nontraditional Education, Nontraditional Students, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Relevance (Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Cincinnati OH
Note: Paper presented at the National Adult Education Conference (Louisville, KY, November 6-10, 1984).