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ERIC Number: ED133260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Technology and the New Liberal Arts. Monograph Series, 1.
DeVore, Paul W.
The American educational system increasingly shapes individuals to fit a production-consumption system. Most educators believe that education should provide career training and the basis for economic advancement, rather than reflect on past events. The questions--who we are, why we are here, and where we are going--are seldom discussed in public education today. Continued technological development has resulted in global concerns, including accelerating industrialization, rapid population growth, widespread malnutrition, depletion of nonrenewable natural resources, and deteriorating environment. These concerns have created a new kind of awareness that technology and its impact are irreversible. Increasingly, there is the realization that if present trends continue, self-destruction from overpopulation and high energy consumption is assured. The implication is that increased liberal arts knowledge will directly enhance a society's capacity to make choices, decide goals, and produce desired changes. This acceptance of a new liberal arts perspective, in turn, would increase the potential of education as a creator of intelligent, capable beings. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Citizenship Responsibility, Cultural Awareness, Decision Making, Democratic Values, Economic Development, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Educational Trends, Energy, Environmental Standards, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Higher Education, Humanization, Industry, Liberal Arts, Problem Solving, Relevance (Education), Social Attitudes, Social Problems, Social Responsibility, Socioeconomic Influences, Technology, Values
Wagner Resource Center, Department of Industrial Technology, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613 (free)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. Dept. of Industrial Technology.