ERIC Number: ED248604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Redefining General Education in the American High School.
Roberts, Arthur D.; Cawelti, Gordon
Seventeen high schools, representing a broad cross-section of American communities, were selected to be part of a network of schools receiving help in reconceptualizing their existing general education programs. The two-year project involved meetings of the network participants with each other and with experts to help the participants develop a model they could use for general education in their respective schools. Deliberations in the local communities involved setting up committess or task forces to organize the redefinition process and choose a curriculum mode. The report describes the network schools, curriculum models, interactions with students, and results of the project. The report also provides conclusions and offers recommendations; the latter, intended for all schools, are as follows: (1) seek consensus on the high school's mission; (2) set policy ensuring periodic redesign of the curriculum; (3) set curriculum balance as a top priority in curriculum development; (4) develop an ongoing program of staff development; (5) develop an organizational structure to ensure curriculum development; and (6) provide sufficient time to design common learnings for all students. The appendixes contain general education statements from four of the schools. (MLF)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Change, Educational Trends, Futures (of Society), General Education, Graduation Requirements, High School Students, High Schools, Networks
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Community
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.