ERIC Number: ED207635
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
I. D. S. [Interdisciplinary Studies in General Education]: A Program for the 80's.
Valencia Community Coll., Orlando, FL.
Interdisciplinary Studies in General Education (IDS) is Valencia Community College's alternative to the fragmented approach to general education reflected in many schools' unrelated requirements of survey courses and laboratories. A two-year course of study, IDS brings together literature, mathematics, social science, natural science, philosophy, rhetoric, religion, art, architecture, and music within a historical framework. The program concentrates on the major developments in Western intellectual history and their modern implications, with the purpose of creating an enlightened and liberated citizenry. This is accomplished by focusing on the thinking, integrating, and communicating skills and processes by which knowledge is acquired. The success of the IDS program has been contributed to by a unified philosophy of general education, instructors' knowledge of classroom techniques, and a team of dedicated, experienced generalists. This success has been attested to by the transfer, business, and general interest students who have completed the program. (This program description lists 18 specific cognitive competencies at the heart of the IDS program and is appended by a listing of the works covered in the IDS's ten subject areas.) (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Valencia Community Coll., Orlando, FL.