ERIC Number: ED307006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Creating an Alternative General Education Core Curriculum.
Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS.
A description is provided of Johnson County Community College's (JCCC) efforts to reform its general education curriculum. After noting the objectives of the nationwide reform movement, an introductory section discusses the college's replacement of a free elective system with distribution requirements, the development by the General Education Committee of an Aims of General Education statement to guide curriculum development, and initial steps in the creation of a core curriculum. The task of administering the core curriculum development fell to the General Education Subcommittee, and the next section traces the deliberations of this body over what form of core to specify. This section presents the subcommittee's recommendations concerning a non-mandated core curriculum, suggesting the creation of foundational courses in Communication Skills, Quantification and Symbolic Analysis, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities; and three courses designed to improve students' awareness of technological advances, contemporary cultures, and healthy lifestyles, and one course conducted as a seminar that would focus on current issues. Next, the collaborative process used in course development is explained, and the resulting core curriculum is presented. Brief descriptions are provided for each of the courses that fulfill foundational and special focus requirements. The final section underscores the place of the core curriculum as an alternative to rather than as a replacement for the distribution elective requirements, and reviews the aims of general education at JCCC. Appendixes include the charge to the general education core curriculum developers, principles for the identification of general education courses, the Aims of General Education statement, and a statement on the implications of general education for the core curriculum. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS.