ERIC Number: ED376101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Medieval Universities: A Unit of Study for Grades 9-12.
Woodard, Jo Ann A.
This unit is one of a series that represents specific moments in history from which students focus on the meanings of landmark events. The purpose of this unit is to study the development and significance of the universities of the Middle Ages and their ties to the university system of the 20th century. The university structure of higher education originated in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and was a characteristic development of this age of cultural growth and expansion, as seen in such areas as increased population, growth of cities and trade, as well as monarchies and new religious orders, and finally of a deepening contact with other cultures. Universities were thus a spontaneous outgrowth of these trends and served the society's expanding needs as centers of specialized training for the learned professions. Graduates of the universities staffed both civil and ecclesiastical administrations, taught at schools, and practiced the professions of theology, law, and medicine. So the 20th century society, which also relies on the university for trained professionals in many disciplines, is reflected in the university with its organization, curriculum, teaching methods, and training goals. The documents selected for this unit depict life within the medieval university. The unit was designed with four objectives: (1) to formulate reasons for curriculum advancement and development during the Middle Ages; (2) to examine the make up of the medieval university; (3) to assess the need for university training in the medieval world; and (4) to evaluate the problem solving methods of the medieval world and its impact on the modern thinking. Contains 14 references. (Author/DK)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational History, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 9, High Schools, Higher Education, History Instruction, Medieval History, Primary Sources, Problem Solving, Universities
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for History in the Schools, Los Angeles, CA.