ERIC Number: ED270058
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr-16
Reference Count: 0
Differing Views of Basic Studies Curricula.
Jones, Noel K.
Five positions on the nature and purpose of basic studies in the college curriculum are considered. The five positions are summarized as follows: (1) to develop essential skills; (2) to introduce students to disciplines of knowledge; (3) to introduce students to the basic modes of thinking or ways of knowing; (4) to develop understanding and appreciation of seminal ideas, events, and products of human culture; and (5) to engage students in the processing of meaningful learning. These positions are also analyzed in terms of their focus on content, teaching, learning, governance, and utilization. Philosophical and educational assumptions about the five positions are also discussed with attention to mission and goals, views of knowledge, views of teaching and learning, and value differences. Compatibility of the five positions are also addressed. Seven suggestions concerning the issues of organizational support for basic studies programs are offered, including: formal adoption of curriculum design and rationale for the basic studies program; and an on-going program review process. Finally, five suggestions concerning provision of support for instructional processes within basic studies programs are presented that include adequate time and resources and consultation services. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (70th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).