ERIC Number: ED268601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr-17
Reference Count: 0
Tensions between Training Career Professionals and Educating Persons for Lifelong Learning.
Keller, Jo Young
Despite the immense pressure to redesign academic programs so that they have more vocational training appeal, members of the postsecondary academic community need to assert that a liberal arts education is the best education for all undergraduates, including communication majors. Despite its lack of direct vocational training, a liberal arts education is the best lifelong career preparation for several reasons. First, liberal arts study provides skills and encourages attitudes that are vital to all careers. With emphasis on speaking, writing, analytical and critical thinking, and awareness and examination of assumptions, liberal arts courses prepare all students for the myriad work situations in which they will eventually find themselves. Second, as we live more in an economic"global village," it is increasingly important to be able to work with understanding and appropriate skills across national and language boundaries. Third, narrow vocational skills become obsolete quickly, but skills in liberal arts, do not become outdated. Fourth, liberal arts study provides students with a broader perspective on problems and decisions, serving them well in their personal and professional lives. Finally, while science and technology are, in a narrow sense, neutral, their application involves profoundly moral issues. Liberal arts study in its best form provides dynamic opportunities for continued examination of difficult ethical questions. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Cincinnati, OH, April 17-19, 1986).