ERIC Number: ED279239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
The Teacher/Scientist: From Trainer to Educator.
Ellerbrock, Michael J.
Problems and issues in U.S. undergraduate education are identified, and 10 recommendations for improvement are offered. Specific reference is made to agriculture faculty. Problems and issues include: current emphasis on academic specialization rather than the development of integrated, holistic students; the purpose of a liberal education versus the specialized needs of corporate employers; and the relationship of science and religion. Suggestions include: faculty members should be simultaneously generalists and specialists; writing should be a natural pursuit of a scholarly person; faculty development activities should support breadth in the professor and the curriculum; policymakers need to reaffirm and support teaching as the foremost function of a university; state colleges should concentrate on general education and/or a few strong disciplines and try not to compete with the comprehensiveness or research orientation of large flagship institutions; undergraduate programs, with emphasis on liberal arts and critical thinking, should be distinct from graduate programs, with their emphasis on advancement of technical skills. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Regional Conference on University Teaching (2nd, Las Cruces, NM, January 8-10, 1986). For complete proceedings, see ED 276 328.