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ERIC Number: ED207643
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Sep-17
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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The Intercurricular Studies Division: An Interdisciplinary Success.
Wiley, Bennie
The Intercurricular Studies Division at Miami-Dade Community College offers a two-semester interdisciplinary, experiential approach to general education. This division is autonomous and maintains its own full-time faculty. Its major teaching unit is the module, an interdependent component of four instructors with experience in communications, natural science, social science, and psychology. Each four-member module has responsibility for approximately 145 students who enroll in the division for a minimum of four courses. Traditional teaching and evaluation methods are supplemented with field work and other activities. The first semester curriculum begins by having the student consider his/her current skills and behaviors, then examine how he/she functions and how he/she became the person he/she is, and finally explore and decide which behaviors, values, and attitudes he/she wishes to maintain, acquire or delete. The second semester focuses on the student's interaction with his/her environments, focusing on natural and social systems and changes in them and on effective change. Several curricular practices that are part of the division are: relating the fact and theories of the disciplines, a close relationship between student and teacher, affective objectives, application of theory, experiential learning, taxonomic level of objectives, variety of activities and instructional methods, and evaluation based on performance. The report concludes with a sample of student comments. (KL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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