ERIC Number: ED398968
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
General Education Core Curriculum.
Illinois State Board of Higher Education, Springfield.
As part of a statewide articulation initiative, a general education core curriculum was developed for all Illinois colleges and universities to facilitate the transfer of students pursuing baccalaureate degrees. This report describes the development of the curriculum and reviews component courses. First, an overview is provided of the curriculum, including assumptions guiding its development, the development process, the resulting curriculum, and future implementation and efforts. Next, the purpose of general education within undergraduate education is discussed, highlighting the goal of developing breadth of knowledge in students by acquainting them with the methods of inquiry of various academic disciplines. Requirements for the curriculum are then reviewed, indicating that 12 to 13 courses in 5 areas are required, including 3 for communication, 1 to 2 for mathematics, 2 for physical and life sciences, 3 for humanities and fine arts, and 3 for social and behavioral sciences. Next, the criteria for courses are examined, emphasizing the need for foundation skills, breadth of scope, and diversity of perspectives. Finally, the bulk of the report provides specific criteria for the five areas, describing the purpose for providing instruction in the area and the specific courses that may be used to fulfill each area. Appendixes include a description of the Illinois teacher certification requirement in non-western or third world cultures, a list of colleges and universities participating in the development of the curriculum, and a list of panel members. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Higher Education, Springfield.