ERIC Number: ED288750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
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Political Science, Political Scientists, and the Baccalaureate Reform Movement.
Colarulli, Guy C.; D'Lugin, Victor F.
This article reviews the Association of American Colleges' (AAC) report titled "Integrity in the College Curriculum: A Report to the Academic Community" in terms of its relevance to political science instruction at the undergraduate level. The report examines two issues: (1) political science as a core component of a general education curriculum; and (2) the role of the undergraduate major in political science. A shift in focus from the faculty as teacher to the student as learner is recommended. This requires an examination of all elements of the baccalaureate program in terms of the perspective of goals or outcomes the students must achieve upon completion of the degree. Specialization in undergraduate education helps to develop higher levels of sophisticated analytical ability. Integrative courses constructed with a unifying focus and a plan for sequential learning allow for a synthesis of knowledge and the development of critical thinking skills. An undergraduate political science curriculum with this approach is more coherent than the randomness that pervades most baccalaureate degrees today. (KWL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (Washington, DC, August 28-31, 1986).