ERIC Number: ED260645
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
The Immediate Usefulness of Liberal Arts: Variations on a Theme. NSIEE Occasional Paper No. 2.
Bevan, John M.
Encouraging signs in education and ingredients of a cohesive and coherent academic program are discussed. The signs include: (1) the changing nature of the life setting which gives focus to the developing person; (2) the idea of faculty as members of a resource pool rather than as specialists; (3) the growing needs for new structures; (4) the growing awareness that the duality between liberal learning and career does not hold; and (5) a new emphasis on teaching and the awareness by professors of the need to be considered as mentors and examples. Each of the signs has an experiential dimension for students and teachers. Six ingredients of cohesive and coherent programs are: an interdisciplinary value dialogue, experience necessary for refining humanistic skills, in-depth study in an academic field in the major, latitude in designing one's own personal search, the opportunity to become acquainted more intimately with the ways of thinking and living of strangers, and a broad exposure to the fine arts. The experiential dimension enriches the academic curriculum and the extended curriculum that encompasses these six ingredients. These are variations on the theme of liberal education that result in quality performance, the pursuance of studies that are critical to defining means and ends, and are immediately useful. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Society for Internships and Experiential Education, Raleigh, NC.
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