ERIC Number: ED367280
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
The Liberal Arts College and the Ideal of Liberal Education: The Case for Radical Reform.
Crimmel, Henry H.
This book analyzes the crisis facing the American liberal arts college and offers a proposal for its reform. It argues that a college's infidelity to the ideals of liberal education adversely affects its relationship to society, its educational program, and its teachers. A definition and a defense of liberal education ideals is offered. The author stresses that the liberal arts college must not submit to any ideology, political agenda, or vocational interest; that the college's educational program must be centered around a set of rational, theoretical, and practical skills; and that the college teacher must be autonomous and uncompromised by scholarly or administrative responsibilities. This argument is presented in 10 chapters grouped into two parts. Part 1 describes the ways that typical liberal arts colleges have failed to deliver on their promises of a liberal education, and by so doing, have lost their institutional integrity. Part 2 specifies the principles that must be adopted to recover this integrity. Individual chapters address principles concerned with: (1) the nature of liberal education, (2) the importance of institutional independence, (3) the ideal liberal arts curriculum, and (4) the need for teacher autonomy. (Individual chapters contain references.)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, College Curriculum, College Environment, College Faculty, Colleges, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Liberal Arts, Teacher Role
University Press of America, Inc., 4720 Boston Way, Lanham, MD 20706 (paperback: ISBN-0-8191-9174-4, $29.50; clothbound: ISBN-0-8191-9173-6, $49.50).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Books
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