ERIC Number: ED338186
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
New Life for the College Curriculum: Assessing Achievements and Furthering Progress in the Reform of General Education. The Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Services.
Gaff, Jerry G.
This book discusses general education reform through a focus on college curricula. It is based on information from individual institutions collected in part through a survey and in part through institutional publications and "fugitive literature" such as committee reports, faculty senate resolutions, and other unpublished materials. Part 1 of the book summarizes the major accomplishments to date, examines the public debate about quality education, focuses on actual changes and discusses several key trends. Part 2 is an assessment of those changes through an analysis of the positive impacts of curriculum change, an examination of the central role of faculty development, and a look at the educational benefits of the reforms for students. Part 3 recommends a number of organizational supports to sustain and maintain changes that are made in the curriculum, and deals in separate chapters with the need to: train a new generation of faculty in the values of liberal education; develop a fuller conception of students that entails understanding their personal and emotional lives as well as their minds; and create a campus culture devoted to providing students with a broad general education. The volume includes many charts illustrating the text, a copy of the survey used for the study, over 150 references, and an index. (JB)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Faculty Development, General Education, Higher Education, Trend Analysis
Jossey-Bass Inc., Publishers, 350 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94104-1310 ($29.95).
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.; EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A