ERIC Number: ED317223
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Toward Shared Values in the Community College Humanities Curriculum.
Olorounto, Samuel B.
Academic curricula in the humanities should lead the student to develop "shared values," which include cultivating the intellect, acquiring critical skills, gaining an understanding of humanity, and learning to make reasoned choices. Toward this goal, the curriculum should strive to preserve the independent quest for truth through textual analysis (devoid of ideological tendencies). Debate arises over whether the focus of humanities curriculum should be on Western culture or a curriculum that focuses on changing global situations and emphasizes both Western and non-Western cultures. What is essential is that the needs of both the student and the community be met by the humanities curriculum. The objective of the curriculum should be made clear in order for personal enrichment to take place and for the student to realize the contribution the study of the humanities makes towards their development both personally and occupationally. A curriculum which takes a community-based approach to teaching integrated humanities would be the most successful in developing individuals who are able to work with others, solve problems, make decisions, and adapt to changing environments. The community should be encouraged to share with students the impact that the study of the humanities has had on their personal and professional lives in order to make clear the importance of integrating the study of humanities with career education. (VVC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at a Conference of the Virginia Community Colleges Association (Roanoke, VA, October 12-13, 1989).