ERIC Number: ED319272
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct-20
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Rear Guard on the Escalator: The Struggle To Protect the Liberal Arts Core in Higher Education. Occasional Papers, No. 80.
Conn, Robert H.
The debate about the core content of liberal arts education may have become irrelevant, as interrelated factors could turn the future increasingly toward career education: (1) demographics force colleges to continue their search for older and nontraditional students, who enroll in college largely for career education; (2) college finances will depend increasingly upon marketing education to nontraditional students; (3) the interests of students lead them to professional training; (4) certification or credentialing groups exert strong controls over curriculum; (5) colleges function more like corporations, with individual departments having limited spheres of influence; and (6) faculty seem often not to embody the best results of liberal learning. Those who care about liberal learning are encouraged to demonstrate the unity of learning by integrating liberal arts core content and career education. Humane learning should infuse three items into all career training--it should internationalize, moralize, and historicize. The church can make three contributions in career-bound institutions: the church can transform the quest for occupation into the discovery of vocation; the church can reveal the world's stories and teach its own counter stories; and the church can encourage college administrators, faculty, and students through spreading the New Testament gospel. (JDD)
Descriptors: Career Education, Church Related Colleges, Core Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Philosophy, Futures (of Society), General Education, Higher Education, Humanistic Education, Influences, Integrated Activities, Interdisciplinary Approach, Liberal Arts, Private Colleges
Board of Higher Education and Ministry, The United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 871, Nashville, TN 37202 (free).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Sponsor: United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Nashville, TN.
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