ERIC Number: ED338277
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
The Civic Ground of Collegiate General Education and the Community College. Working Paper Series No. 1-91.
Higginbottom, George H.
These two chapters offer a rationale for the inclusion of civic education as a nexus of community college general education. The first chapter provides an introductory overview of various issues related to general education reform and the new emphasis among educators and critics on postsecondary civic or citizenship education. This chapter offers a historical overview of the purposes and content of general and liberal arts education, and its role in assuring socio-cultural unity through common learning. An argument is put forth for conceiving general education in a civic mode as a way of mediating the liberal and vocational strains of community college education. The current concern of academics and politicians with education's civic agenda is discussed in the context of the lack of college students' civic knowledge and the lack of institutional commitment to citizenship education prevalent in the 1970's and 1980's. The final chapter reviews the history of community college general/civic education from the institution's beginnings, while focusing on the three decades following the Truman-Johnson era (1950-1980). It also provides a critical discussion of the civic education commitments of selected community college general education plans connected with the curricular reforms of the 1980's. This chapter concludes with a model of community college general/civic education which incorporates a generic collegiate design, but is responsive to the unique circumstances of the two-year college. (AYC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Broome Community Coll., Binghamton, NY. Inst. for Community Coll. Research.
Note: Originally the preface and conclusion of a Ph.D. Dissertation, Cornell University.