ERIC Number: ED328137
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
The Challenge of Connecting Learning. Liberal Learning and the Arts and Sciences Major. Volume 1.
Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.
This report addresses issues concerning arts and sciences majors, including how students and faculty view the major, the organization of the major in many institutions, restructuring the major, the importance of "connected learning," underrepresented students, and common dialogues across disciplines. Also, the report stresses the importance of the major in the intellectual lives of students and advocates significant changes in the way major programs are offered at colleges and universities across the country. Organizing principles for properly structured majors are discussed; these principles are designed to help the students: (1) develop their capacities to understand and analyze; (2) provide opportunities for students to explore questions and generate their own; (3) help students reflect critically on various approaches to knowledge; and (4) relate to general education in a way that helps the students gain perspective on their own fields as well as others. In addition, the report discusses the elements that are determined to be necessary for every major so that the curriculum structure is clearly understood and meaningful. Finally, examples of promising practices are provided that illustrate the different elements of a well-structured major: curricular coherence; critical perspectives; connected learning; and inclusiveness. (GLR)
Descriptors: Colleges, Course Evaluation, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Higher Education, Liberal Arts, Majors (Students), Undergraduate Study, Units of Study, Universities
Association of American Colleges, 1818 R Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009 (single copies $7.00, 20-99 copies $5.00 ea., 100+ copies $4.00 ea.).
Publication Type: Reports - General; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: For Volume 2 in this set, see HE 024 183.