ERIC Number: ED306869
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
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Interdisciplinary General Education Program.
Jacobs, Richard C.; And Others
The Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) Program at California State Polytechnic University is described in this report. The program is designed students in professional and math-based degree programs and offers an integrative-thematic approach to the humanities and social sciences components of the University General Education Program. It seeks to develop a learning community composed of faculty and students who have common goals and mutual aspirations. Participants can study both major coursework as well as courses that partially meet the University General Education requirement. Courses are team taught by faculty from a variety of disciplines and feature individualized instruction. Interactive pedagogy is emphasized, and active student learning requiring critical analysis of complex issues and concepts is encouraged. Attendance at off campus cultural events like concerts and museums is integral to the fulfillment of the aesthetic dimension of the program. Most alumni and learners surveyed say this program is helpful. IGE has received citations and commendations from several national associations prominent in American higher education. Several recommendations include: the need to reform general education should emerge from an informed faculty and not be imposed from top down on the faculty; each college and university must create its own institutional and intellectual world; and the emphasis should be on the significant issues, paradigms, and concepts of the human experience. (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: California State Polytechnic Univ., Pomona.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.