ERIC Number: ED265814
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Value-Centered Education and Moral Commitment.
American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.
A policy statement on value-centered education is offered by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Examples of different types of value-centered education are also identified. It is advocated that colleges provide more effective leadership in the areas of experience that prepare students to make future choices: personal, professional, and political. A key in responding to the needs of students lies in maintaining a strong emphasis upon the values traditionally associated with a liberal education and translating these into the contemporary setting. Curricula should be designed to acquaint students with the ways moral issues have been approached in the past, as well as how this knowledge can be applied to present and future dilemmas. Consideration should be given to developing university-wide interdisciplinary courses that emphasize universal ideas, along with expanded treatment of moral issues in specialized or professional programs. The university community can also be used as a forum for debate of moral issues, using visiting speakers, seminars, and colloquia. Examples of possible activities include: a course in environmental issues that relates ecology, society, and education; and an interdisciplinary course in human rights. (SW)
Descriptors: Citizenship Responsibility, College Role, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Leadership Responsibility, Liberal Arts, Moral Values, Position Papers, Social Values, Values Education
American Association of State Colleges and Universities, One Dupont Circle, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.