ERIC Number: ED116746
Record Type: Non-Journal
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General Education: The Los Medanos College Model.
Collins, Charles C.; Drexel, Karl O.
This book-length study justifies, describes, and gives an initial evaluation of the general education model developed at Los Medanos College (California). The opening chapter presents a detailed philosophic argument in favor of general education as a principle, and in support of the innovative aspects of the Los Medanos model. The argument is for general education as a hub of the total curriculum and as a requirement for the institutional endorsement of a degree. However, Los Medanos has full-blown programs in vocational areas, in transfer fields, and in continuing education as well. The Los Medanos model provides for interdisciplinary generic courses to be offered under the categories of: the behavioral, social, biological, and physical sciences, language arts, and humanistic studies. The 10 chapters of this document address such topics as the local context, generic and discipline courses, intensive student projects, the evaluation design, evaluation of the planning phase, impact of the planning process, problems with the model, and further developments. Enrollment data, demographic data, and program evaluation data are tabulated and included in the body of the document. Also displayed in table form are the Los Medanos governance model, a list of disciplines within each general education area, and schemes of individual courses. (NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Bureau of Postsecondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of International Education.
Authoring Institution: Los Medanos Coll., Pittsburg, CA.