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ERIC Number: ED332653
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Pages: 166
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Achieving Curricular Coherence through the Teaching of Classic Texts, September 1, 1986-August 31, 1988.
Shipps, Kenneth
The report describes a 2-year project at Phillips University (Oklahoma) which developed a core curriculum based on classic texts. The project was developed to address the following problems in higher education: the need for agreed-on content in core curricula; the need for interrelatedness of subject matter in the minds of students and faculty; and the need for effective teaching of core courses. Summer seminars of 25 faculty and master teachers resulted in adoption of a total of 12 classic texts for the required freshmen English course and other core courses. Emphasis was on each discipline discovering a use for the text in its own curriculum and inventing strategies for engaging students in the text's study. The program has been positively evaluated by Phillips faculty and outside observers. Classic texts have been successfully introduced into at least 10 general education courses. The bulk of the document consists of 11 appendices which include: an outside evaluator's report; brochures of summer seminars; the English course syllabus; faculty observer reports; an article reporting an interview about the project; evaluation forms; an attitude survey; a comprehension multiple-choice test; a visitor evaluation form and examples; miscellaneous materials; and transcripts of evaluative statements by faculty. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Phillips Univ., Enid, OK.