ERIC Number: ED413847
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jan-31
Reference Count: N/A
Toward an Ecology of Knowledge: A Proposal To Develop Faculty for General Education.
This final report describes the activities and accomplishments of a three-year faculty development project at Briar Cliff College (Iowa). During the project, a series of three one-month interdisciplinary colloquia were offered to foster scholarly dialogue across discipline lines in support of the college's new general education program. Each colloquium involved approximately 20 faculty members, resulting in the participation of almost two-thirds of the college's faculty by the end of the project. The colloquia addressed the following themes: "The Good Life: Material, Spiritual, Aesthetic, Psychological and Intellectual Dimensions"; "Wisdom, Knowledge, and Information"; and "Unity and Pluralism in the Global Village." Briar Cliff faculty were used as presenters, and they approached the various themes from the viewpoints of their own disciplines. Both internal and external evaluation indicated greater integration of faculty's disciplinary and institutional roles and improved interdisciplinary dialogue. Individual sections of the report provide an overview of the project and describe the project's purpose, background and origins; overall organization and activities; results; and third-year budget. Among the 11 major appendices are colloquia materials, resource lists, communications with the grant agency, syllabi, relevance papers (by faculty of various disciplines), and evaluation materials. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Briar Cliff Coll., Sioux City, IA.