ERIC Number: ED030359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-Jun-20
Reference Count: 0
The Culture of the College: Its Implications for the Organization of Learning Resources.
Clark, Burton R.
The need to identify the mode of integration of learning resources on contemporary US campuses grows as institutional expansion becomes a primary organizational concern. The implications drawn in this paper from the culture of the campus to the organization of learning resources is that many of these resources must be drastically decentralized around clusters of students and their interests rather than around the scholarly requirements of faculty and the dictates of administrative order. The internal diversity of US colleges varies from extremely monolithic in many small colleges, to extremely pluralistic in large universities and colleges, both in formal structure and student life outside the classroom. Many small colleges have fought to reduce the autonomy of extracurricular activities and to make them serve the intellectual pursuits of the institution. But large, impersonal universities are still faced with the problem of clustering students with similar interests in order to encourage the intellectual stumulation and self-identity that contribute to a meaningful educational experience. Large campuses should cluster the classroom, cafeteria, library, and lounge into communities that are conveniently available to, reflect the interests of, and provide room for intellectual interaction between students. What really matters is the tone and autonomy of cocurricular student life and how it affects what is done in the classroom. (WM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley.
Note: Paper prepared for Conference on the Library and the College Climate of Learning, Syracuse University, New York, June 20-23, 1965