ERIC Number: ED413845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug-31
Building Curricular Coherence through the Teaching of Classic Texts at Eleven Colleges.
Shipps, Kenneth W.
This final report describes activities and accomplishments of a 3-year project of faculty and curricular development using a variety of classic texts and involving 10 liberal arts colleges and one state university. Three-week summer seminars were held for faculty who studied self-selected classics introduced by master teachers, and discussed teaching strategies and curriculum possibilities. Of the 200 faculty participants, almost all reported the strategies created a community of interest and progress on the major issues. Positive student outcomes were also found; there was 10 percent increased student retention at one institution, significant improvement of critical thinking skills at another, and positive gains in student attitudes toward key issues at another. Four colleges and the state university did not continue the project, apparently due to leadership collapse and fragmented disciplinary cultures. External evaluation supported the project's success at the other seven institutions. Individual sections present an overview of the project and describe the project's purpose, background and origins, organization and activities, and results. Six appendices include a report of the pilot project at Phillips University (Oklahoma), a summary of activities at each institution, student and faculty surveys, conference material, and the external evaluation report. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Phillips Univ., Enid, OK.