ERIC Number: ED071646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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New Wine and New Bottles: A Proposal for "Mosaic Programming," A Different Approach to General Education for Colleges and Universities.
Strasser, William C.
For the purposes of meeting the demands of the twentieth century, it is recommended that colleges adopt a form of mosaic programming. The elements of the structural framework for such programming are: (1) All general education courses should be organized as learning modules of one academic credit hour in equivalency, with written course goals and learning objectives for each course or module, the content to be in an interdisciplinary context as much as possible; (2) The academic calendar should be designed in time modules of about six weeks each; (3) Self-pacing learning and instructional materials should be used extensively; (4) Credit should be available by examination and also for equivalent courses satisfactorily completed in high school or other colleges; (5) Community resources should be utilized; (6) Off-campus study should be incorporated in the courses to attract and serve a wide variety of students; (7) Mosaic general education courses could be organized under four major categories: human society, nature and humanity, human communications, and symbol systems; (8) Counseling services, of a non-traditional sort, should be available to students to support the general education courses; (9) Program planning assistants should be available to help the student plan, elect, and schedule his own mosaic general education pattern; and (10) The faculty assigned to teach the general education course should be organized under a particular administrator who would be responsible only for the successful conduct of the program. (CK)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Bibliographies, College Credits, Colleges, Community Resources, Course Content, Educational Change, Educational Planning, Flexible Scheduling, General Education, Guides, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Interdisciplinary Approach, Relevance (Education), Teacher Role
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Authoring Institution: Montgomery Coll., Rockville, MD.