ERIC Number: ED021537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Undergraduate Education: Issues and Directions, Selected Addresses from the Annual Fall Conference of the Association for Higher Education of the Washington Education Association (4th, Seattle, December 1-2, 1967).
Terrey, John N., Ed.; Hall, C. Wayne, Ed.
Three addresses from the Conference are presented in full, with panel reactions to the third. Glenn Leggett of Grinnell College spoke of the need to unite special and general education. More independent study in the sophomore year and interdisciplinary seminars at the senior level would help delay the choice of major, thus providing exposure to several disciplines and a consequent keener discrimination between alternatives. Lewis B. Mayhew of Stanford University felt that, if present conditions and attitudes are not radically changed, undergraduate education will not improve in the next 15 years. He listed current faulty approaches to curriculum development. He also pointed out areas where programs do not accommodate present national and international problems , and outlined the principles on which courses could be reorganized for greater relevancy. Joseph Tussman of Berkeley described in detail a current experimental program, the core of which is a sequence of readings, clustered about certain periods in Western civilization. the readings, in turn, serve as a focus for serious writing and discussion. The coherence of the program is reinforced by lectures, student/faculty conferences as required, and informal activities. It is intended that the freedom thus cultivated will be "the freedom of mastery, not of impulse." Three panel members expressed their objections and agreements, and speculated on the feasibility of the usefulness of the program for other institutions. (HH)
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Authoring Institution: Washington Education Association, Seattle. Association for Higher Education.