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ERIC Number: ED076186
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Oct-1
Pages: 99
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National Survey of Humanities Courses Offered in Occupational Curricula in the Two-Year Colleges.
Kroeger, Fred; Brace, Carl
A national survey was conducted of the humanities or general education courses required or recommended in the occupational curricula of community and junior colleges. Responses to a four-page questionnaire mailed to the president of every two-year college known to the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges totaled 336. Copies of the questionnaire, tabulated data, and a list of colleges participating in the survey are appended. The major conclusion is: It is pretty generally agreed that the average student in the occupational curricula is practical and oriented toward his rather specific occupation. He wants to begin making money to gain the security he needs as soon as he can. Obviously, this student would prefer to concentrate on the most practical courses he feels he needs for his immediate future and postpone those courses he does not see an immediate value in until later, or forever. Because of this, it is to be regretted that there are so few optional humanities courses offered in these curricula. This is not surprising, however, since the community college is still so oriented toward the four-year college or university that it will deny its own philosophy. It still seems to supply the community with what the faculty thinks should be its needs rather than what it actually wants. It sits in loco parentis to the whole district it serves, telling the community what is good for it whether it likes it or not. For a related and more extensive document see ED 065 114. (Author/KM)
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Authoring Institution: Illinois State Univ., Normal.