ERIC Number: ED345603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Meeting the Mandate: Renewing the College and Departmental Curriculum. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report No. 6, 1991.
Toombs, William; Tierney, William G.
This monograph addresses the need for reshaping the college undergraduate curriculum in order to meet the new and compelling issues that have emerged from the criticism and analysis of the past decade. These issues are as follows: (1) how to accommodate diverse races and ethnic traditions and both genders; (2) how to incorporate global perspectives on the environment and exchange among nations; and (3) how to deal more effectively within the human dimensions of the educational equation. Discussed are five conditions for changing the curriculum. First, a firmer grasp is needed on what the curriculum is as an idea, what language can describe it, and at what levels it operates. The concept of design and a pragmatic terminology give an operational definition. Second, the flood of criticism, dissection, recommendation, and interpretation visited on the collegiate curriculum merits a careful review. Third, the need is continuous for modest self-analysis dealing with what the academic profession is and what its condition of practice should be. Fourth, because little is known about what the solutions might be, a longer perspective is needed. Finally, there is a need for wider understanding of the organization and its content. Together, it is noted, these factors can help higher education institutions to recognize the shape of change and the forces of culture within which it moves. Contains over 270 references. (GLR)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Colleges, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Planning, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Long Range Planning, Undergraduate Study, Universities
ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Reports, The George Washington University, One Dupont Circle, Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036-1183 ($17).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. School of Education and Human Development.