ERIC Number: ED243338
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
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Getting at the Core: Curricular Reform at Harvard.
The genesis of Harvard's new Core Curriculum, which resulted in major changes in the university's general education program in the 1970s, is presented in a candid account. The narrative highlights the contest of conflicting beliefs about the ends and means of undergraduate education, and reveals the strategies employed to resolve conflicts and to reach a consensus. Among the questions underlying the debate about curricular change are: What does it mean to be broadly educated? What skills, knowlege, and habits of thought have general and lasting value? Given the diversity of students' abilities and preparation for college work, is it possible to set a standard of academic achievement for all students? Should the undergraduate curriculum give free play to the intellectual interests of faculty and students, or should educational choices be guided by common and specific goals? Written by an historian who participated in the events described, the book includes a description of the historical setting, the search for a mandate, and the politics of reform. Appended is a partial listing of core courses, including only those offered in 1981-82. (LB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Curriculum, Conflict Resolution, Core Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Degree Requirements, Educational Change, Educational History, General Education, Higher Education, Undergraduate Study
Harvard University Press, c/o Uniserv Inc., 525 Great Road, Littleton, MA 0l460 ($l5.00).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
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