ERIC Number: ED362139
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun-4
A "Liberating" Education for the 21st Century.
Scott, Robert A.
This speech discusses the development of a true undergraduate liberal education for the 21st century that is also global in scope. It argues that liberal education is failing in its goal to truly educate students. The mission of every college or university should be to advance students' knowledge, skills, abilities, and values for an international world, and to match means to expected outcomes. The focus should shift from teaching and prerequisites to student development and learning. Such a shift in focus means that students will be expected to have a greater commitment to their education, moving from being passive to active learners; that faculty must become facilitators of student learning rather than being the source of all knowledge; that learning should no longer be limited to the classroom but take place outside the classroom in extracurricular activities, including travel to foreign countries and the use of multimedia technologies; and that student testing and assessment must be utilized more in order to guide and monitor the pace of student learning and development. Charts are provided that explore the development of educational goals for individuals in the 21st century, what standards and forms of evaluation are needed, and the balance between specialized and general knowledge. (GLR)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Cultural Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Planning, General Education, Higher Education, International Education, Liberal Arts, Multicultural Education, Student College Relationship, Student Development, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Speech delivered at the Annual Meeting of The American Forum for Global Education (Indianapolis, IN, June 4, 1993).