ERIC Number: ED379997
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Changing the Major: Innovation Priorities in the Fields.
The major in most colleges has been criticized as little more than a gathering of courses taken in one department, lacking structure and depth or emphasizing content to the neglect of inquiry on which the content is based. This report, based on the "Re-Forming Majors" project of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, presents descriptions of major programs that have established clear goals, a shared sense of collective purpose, and a discernible sense of progression through the major. In these programs, faculty members have created a spine of common courses that provide students with educational milestones and intellectual community throughout their programs. Faculty focus on the intellectual tasks or practices that students ought to undertake across their course of study, which provides a map for faculty members as they plan course assignments. This report lists curricular and pedagogical innovations undertaken in humanities, social sciences, and science and mathematics. The report also offers information on how reform was implemented by specific departments, in English, foreign languages, history, psychology, economics, sociology and anthropology, physics, biology and environmental studies, and mathematics. The reform efforts focus on encouraging connected learning, restructuring the sequence of course paths, re-organizing laboratory work, integrating the use of new technologies, incorporating problem-based learning, and other approaches. (JDD)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, College Instruction, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Majors (Students), Program Development
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.