ERIC Number: ED401816
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Handbook of the Undergraduate Curriculum: A Comprehensive Guide to the Purposes, Structures, Practices, and Change. Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series.
Gaff, Jerry G., Ed.; Ratcliff, James L., Ed.
This collection of 34 essays provides an overview of the debates and reforms under discussion in regard to undergraduate curriculum. Part 1 focuses on the purposes and objectives of undergraduate education, reviewing pivotal historical developments, changes in the curriculum due to social and historical forces, and traditional and innovative educational philosophies. Part 2 examines the central aims of undergraduate education, analyzing the issues of quality and coherence in general education and discussing the issues involved in learning various intellectual skills. Part 3 looks at specialized learning and the academic disciplines that are central features of almost all curricula. Part 4 details curricula innovations that span the academic disciplines, including teaching writing and other subjects across the curriculum, establishing interdisciplinary programs, internationalizing the curriculum, and developing learning communities. Part 5 examines the topics of administration, assessment, and institutional support. Part 6 synthesizes much of the earlier material and explores the nature of a curriculum for the 21st century. Each essay contains references. (MDM)
Descriptors: College Administration, College Curriculum, College Instruction, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Educational Trends, Futures (of Society), General Education, Higher Education, Intellectual Development, Intellectual Disciplines, Student Development, Undergraduate Study
Jossey-Bass Publishers, 350 Sansome St., San Francisco, CA 94104 ($55).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.