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ERIC Number: ED402597
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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Connecting Higher Education to Public Schooling: Resistance to Reform.
Daniel, Janice Barnes
America's Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley believes that the higher education community must be in a position to respond to raised standards for kindergarten through 12th-grade students. In fact, he said: "These two systems must collaborate to solve a problem that neither can address by itself." Initially, sweeping reform plans did not include higher education and roles of universities were given no place in the overall design. However, some forward-thinking individuals at Kentucky's Morehead State University (MSU) had foreseen the need for redefining attention to the writing and thinking skills of all students and committed to a Title III 3-year project initiating professional development to increase awareness and activation of teaching writing and reasoning skills across the curriculum. A Critical Thinking task force was formed, resulting in MSU's Critical Thinking Center, and a new course (MSU 101) was implemented to foster successful orientation to campus life to smooth the transition between public schooling and higher education. A Clearinghouse for School Services coordinates integration of all school reform and inservice education, and implements professional development activities for teacher education faculty. The Morehead Writing Project offers help and information on integrating writing into the curriculum. There is a full-time outreach coordinator, and mini-grants are available which allow MSU faculty to go to public schools in the Volunteer Writing Coaches Project. (Contains 7 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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