ERIC Number: ED276329
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Common Learning. A Carnegie Colloquium on General Education (Chicago, Illinois, April 1981).
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Princeton, NJ.
General education, or learning that should be common to all, is considered in five essays adapted from colloquium addresses and one essay, summarized in chapters 1 and 7 of this volume, that provided the colloquium theme. In "The Quest for Common Learning," Ernest L. Boyer identifies six essential objectives of general education. Wayne C. Booth's essay, "Mere Rhetoric, Rhetoric, & the Search for Common Learning," distinguishes a type of rhetoric that is important to five kinds of general education. Next, "Heritage and Traditions" by Frederick Rudolph discusses the importance of history in general education, including three models for incorporating history in general learning programs. In "Contemporary Organizations," Rosabeth Moss Kanter emphasizes the importance of understanding social structures and organizations and identifies aspects of organizational life that challenge individualistic or voluntaristic assumptions. The essay "The Natural World" by Lewis Thomas considers instruction in science, and specifically biology, at the college level. Fred Hechinger discusses the need for educational coordination in providing a general education curriculum in "The High School-College Connection." Finally, "Prospects for the Future" by Arthur Levine considers prospects for improving general education. (SW)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, College School Cooperation, Educational Objectives, General Education, High Schools, Higher Education, History Instruction, Organizational Theories, Rhetoric, Science Instruction, Social Sciences, Social Structure
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 1785 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, DC ($12.95).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Books; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Princeton, NJ.