ERIC Number: ED195313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
The Unity of the Practical Arts and the Liberal Arts.
Curtis, Mark H.
Given the current emphasis on educational pragmatism and specialization, a rift has developed between the proponents of technical education and the advocates of the liberal arts. The former, who rarely acknowledge that students continue to learn on the job, jealously seize every available credit hour for the presentation of technical knowledge. Many defenders of the liberal arts, on the other hand, scorn the task of providing courses for technical students and pride themselves on their non-utilitarian orientation. However, it is encouraging to note a reversal of this trend in the efforts of many technical educators to broaden their students' learning through the introduction of the humanities into technical and professional education. Such attempts are illustrated in the required medical humanities course at the University of Texas Medical Branch, the humanities program for engineering students at Lehigh University, and the development of a humanities course focusing on reading and writing skills for technical students at a community college in Georgia. Humanities scholars are also demonstrating an increased willingness to restore unity to the practical and liberal arts. Community colleges can foster this unity by increasing the relevance of humanities instruction to technical students and improving the dialogue between liberal arts and technical education faculty. (JP)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Curriculum Enrichment, Education Work Relationship, Educational Objectives, Educational Trends, Liberal Arts, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Professional Education, Specialization, Teacher Attitudes, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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