ERIC Number: ED290387
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
A New Vitality in General Education. Planning, Teaching, and Supporting Effective Liberal Learning by the Task Group on General Education.
Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.
The rationale, purposes, and scope of general education are considered, along with issues of implementation, and specifically effective ways of planning programs and courses, teaching them, and supporting them. Examples of good educational practice are provided, as well as suggestions for future improvements. A section on planning effective general education considers content, essential skills, creating new courses and programs, and integrating content and inquiry. A new definition of teaching is offered, and attention is directed to active learning, assessing student progress, and enlisting students as coinquirers. The following topics concerning institutional support are addressed: changing the environment, integrating commuter students, improving residential life, expanding cross-cultural experiences, creating cross-disciplinary seminars, organizing campus think tanks, assessing programs, assuring administrative support, and revitalizing general education. (SW)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Change Strategies, College Instruction, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Educational Practices, General Education, Higher Education, Instructional Improvement, Learning Experience, Liberal Arts, Student Needs
Association of American Colleges, 1818 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009 ($7.00 single copy; 20-100 copies, $5.00 per copy; 100 or more, $4.00 per copy; prepaid).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Johnson Foundation, Inc., Racine, WI.; EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.