ERIC Number: ED196485
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan-12
Reference Count: 0
Up with Humanities: Strengthening Humanities Instruction in Community Colleges.
Recent efforts to enhance humanities instruction in vocational curricula are important in light of: (1) the need to match technical competencies with an appreciation for human history and thoughts; (2) the fact that the majority of community college students are enrolled in vocational programs; and (3) the likelihood that the percentage of students in these programs will increase. While many efforts have centered around providing interdisciplinary humanities courses for vocational students, other tactics can be utilized. First, humanities instructors can apply the strategies that have proven effective in promoting vocational programs, including the use of advisory boards; the employment of humanities practitioners, such as librarians and artists, as part-time teachers; the incorporation of job-related topics in course work; and the provision of courses at the workplace. Second, the curriculum can be internationalized by providing humanities and vocational faculty with opportunities to travel abroad. Third, telecourses, in conjunction with faculty-led group discussions, can be used to associate humanities instruction and the community college in the public mind. Finally, humanities instructors can orient themselves to meeting the individual needs of lifelong learning and the collective needs of community development. Such efforts will strengthen both the institution and the humanities. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Delgado Community College (New Orleans, LA, January 12, 1981).