ERIC Number: ED359864
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing Models of Liberal Education: An Empirical Comparison.
Schilling, Karl L.
A study was done to examine the impact of two different models of liberal education on students at Miami University (Ohio). Students enrolled in two general/liberal education programs completed a wide-ranging battery of instruments to assess the impact which their educational experiences had on their intellectual and personal development. The class of 1989 was administered a battery of tests during their first, sophomore, and senior years. Tests included the American College Testing COMP; the Test of Thematic Analysis; Analysis of Argument; Measure of Epistemological Reflection; and the American College Testing Activity Inventory. For cross-sectional studies students in both programs completed seven assessments and a structured interview. These instruments were used to evaluate the performance of students enrolled in an interdisciplinary, core curriculum as compared to that of students taking a disciplinary, distribution general education program. Results suggested a number of differences between the two groups. On measures of liberal arts skills, cognitive development, student culture/campus ethos, and academic behavior the groups had some notable differences in their responses. Extensive appendixes contain an overview of the testing schedule, results of student culture testing, a summary of program survey results, information on a program award, two proposals, and sponsor assessment comments. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Miami Univ., Oxford, OH.