ERIC Number: ED279253
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Curricula for the Twenty-First Century.
Brentlinger, W. Brock
Curricular change for colleges for the twenty-first century is addressed. It is argued that the simple presentation of facts and solutions in schooling must be altered. Students must be prepared for an adaptive mode of living and learning since jobs may change drastically every 5 to 10 years. Criteria that can be used to judge curricula for the future include: emphasis on skills of decision-making, problem-solving, creating, evaluating, analyzing, and acting; educating students to contend with problems that do not now exist by learning to deal with the unknown and to structure problems so as to grasp what the result will be and then work for change; attending to how knowledge is created and to methods and styles of inquiry that have led to its creation; provision for substantial individuality within each student's degree program; teaching students to classify information, to change categories, to move from concrete to abstract and back, and to synthesize information realistically; and recognition of a coming leisure society that emphasizes interpersonal relations and human development. Changes that are predicted for the future are also addressed. (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.