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ERIC Number: ED178132
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
An Interdisciplinary Course in Humanities at Valencia Community College: Goals, Competency Breakdown, and Evaluation.
Valencia Community Coll., Orlando, FL.
Competence in humanities may be considered in terms of knowledge (the mental processing of information), thinking skills (the organization of knowledge), communication skills, and personal integration (the effect of knowledge upon the individual). Specific competencies to be acquired in an interdisciplinary twentieth century humanities course taught at Valencia Community College were broken down as follows: (1) knowledge and thinking skills--recall and interrelate important information, analyze another person's viewpoint, and judge the worth of a viewpoint using appropriate criteria; (2) communication skills--read difficult material, build vocabulary, express what others think in one's own words, and organize ideas and present them clearly; (3) personal integration--involve oneself in the material to derive one's own interpretation, examine personal ideas more clearly, choose and affirm one's values, and make personal commitments. At the end of the course, students were asked to evaluate their progress in relation to these competencies, and to determine whether the course had contributed to their improvement. Of the 36 students involved in the evaluation, no more than four students felt they had failed to improve in any one of the competencies. A list of students' comments about the course are included in the report. (JP)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Cognitive Objectives, Communication Skills, Community Colleges, Competency Based Education, Course Evaluation, Course Objectives, Critical Thinking, Humanities, Humanities Instruction, Individual Development, Knowledge Level, Participant Satisfaction, Program Descriptions, Skill Development, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Valencia Community Coll., Orlando, FL.