ERIC Number: ED129174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-20
Reference Count: 0
Improving Graduate Education Through Alternative Approaches.
Wright, Lawrence S.
Graduate education is in an accelerated state of change. Discussed is its responsiveness or unresponsiveness to the forces of change. After contrasting traditional and alternative forms of graduate education, recommendations are made that: (1) graduate institutions and departments should periodically redefine their goals and objectives and make them public; (2) graduate institutions should reexamine their policies and procedures so that they are consistent with their goals and objectives and so that they become more flexible and more responsive to both student and societal needs; (3) graduate faculties should expect to change their practices regularly to be responsive to what research evidence shows to be desirable with respect to teaching and learning; (4) graduate faculties should reevaluate their systems so that the focus is on learning and the output product rather than grades, credits, and degrees; (5) graduate degree programs should contain a creative component that gives priority to student interests and needs as contrasted to institutional and/or professorial interests and needs; and (6) graduate education whether traditional or nontraditional should maintain a high quality standard for the levels of advancement and maturity that characterize graduate students. Experience suggests that the outlook for responsiveness to these and other recommendations is not optimistic. (Author/KE)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Comparative Analysis, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Nontraditional Education, Student Needs
Lawrence S. Wright, Assistant Dean of the Graduate College, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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