ERIC Number: ED211009
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The World in the Curriculum: Curricular Strategies for the 21st Century. Education and the World View, II.
Tonkin, Humphrey; Edwards, Jane
Recommendations for strengthening the international perspective of the undergraduate curriculum at colleges and universities are offered, and reasons for internationalizing the curriculum are considered, based on changes throughout the world and America's role in it. Attention is focused on the reform of existing programs and the introduction of new ones to increase the attention given to the international aspects of education and their centrality in the undergraduate curriculum. In addition, consideration is given to the people involved in the programs, the way that the undergraduate environment can be made more global and international, and the way that undergraduate programs and the international facilities of the institution in general can better relate to the public at all levels. The following types of American higher education institutions or arrangements are examined: the university, comprehensive institutions, the liberal arts college, community and junior colleges, professional schools, continuing education, consortia, and cooperation between school and college. Among the possible approaches for strengthening the international perspective are evaluating the traditional disciplinary major or departmental structure, broadening major offerings, internationalizing existing major programs, integrating an international dimension throughout the curriculum, integrating views of scholars of other nationalities in academic programs, and establishing institutions specifically designed to provide training in international studies. Attention also is directed to the importance of second language instruction, study abroad and international exchanges, financing international programs, and campus activities and resources. A bibliography and list of resource organizations are appended. (SW)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, College Environment, College Programs, College Role, College Second Language Programs, Curriculum Development, Departments, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Foreign Students, Global Approach, Higher Education, International Education, International Educational Exchange, Majors (Students), Program Costs, Study Abroad, Two Year Colleges, Undergraduate Study, Universities
Change Magazine Press, 271 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801 ($6.95).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.; Mertz-Gilmore (Joyce) Foundation, New York, NY.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council on Learning, New Rochelle, NY.