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ERIC Number: ED219097
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 324
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Learning to Be Human: A Vision for the Liberal Arts.
Averill, Lloyd J.
In light of the pressures of historical circumstances and with a commitment to educational integrity, this work seeks to reconceive the mission of the liberal arts and sciences. Chapter I defines the key criteria of humanism and holism and offers a critique of current liberal education in terms of curriculum coherency and intellectual and personal engagement. Chapter II examines the influence exerted on liberal education by current graduation requirements and delineates a process for reforming these requirements that would respond to the issues of living humanly in a humane society. Stressing the need for common learning and the shortcomings of distribution requirements, Chapter III proposes nine graduation requirements that would integrate core and specialized learning. Chapter IV looks at the intellectual and educational justifications for "moral seriousness" in the curriculum and suggests ways to achieve this goal. Career preparation is discussed in chapter V from a humanistic perspective, and suggestions for integrating liberal and professional education are provided. Chapter VI considers approaches to humanistic teaching and strategies for working with today's students, while chapter VII offers suggestions for creating an institutional climate for change and for faculty and administrative renewal. Appendices include a series of statements about liberal education drawn from the literature. (KL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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