ERIC Number: ED130551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jul
Values and American Higher Education. Topical Paper No. 2.
McGrath, Earl J.
The values of higher education -- the beliefs that govern the conduct and define the goals of American higher education -- are examined in relation to society as a whole. It is suggested that there is evidence of good intentions, good will, and remarkable social advances, but also a lack of sense of direction. Each of these contradictory images is related to educational issues. The values held by individuals and the nation will largely be determined by the kind of education the liberal arts college has provided. If a reconstituted and generally acceptable value system is to be conceived and disseminated among the members of society, the centers of learning must take a large part of the responsibility for doing so. The integration of knowledge and values could be more successfully accomplished in the curriculum if courses were organized around specific problems that society faces (e.g., crime). To design such new curricular patterns and reconstruct the present typical course offering will require unprecedented moral commitments and expenditures of energy. If this is done, units of instruction could give students in liberal arts colleges the basic facts, intellectual skills, and continuing sources of information needed to make sound judgments. (LBH)
Descriptors: College Role, Cultural Context, Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Problems, Educational Improvement, Educational Responsibility, General Education, Higher Education, Liberal Arts, Moral Values, Social Responsibility
Chairman, Committee on Higher Education, University of Arizona, 1415 N. Fremont, Tucson, Arizona 85719 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona Univ., Tucson. Coll. of Education.