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ERIC Number: ED415805
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
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Intellectual Development: A Complex Teaching Goal. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Eljamal, Melissa B.; Stark, Joan S.; Arnold, Gertrude L.; Sharp, Sally
This study examined intellectual development goals as related to other goals expressed by college faculty teaching various introductory courses. Intellectual development was defined as the ability to make relationships and connections. The study analyzed data from previous studies of introductory college courses; these included interviews in 1986-87 with 69 faculty members at eight colleges, plus a base of over 6,000 goals stated by 2,105 faculty at 267 colleges who responded to an open-ended question on a 1988-89 national survey concerning course planning. The study found that intellectual development goals were mentioned by faculty members in most disciplines, with faculty in literature stressing them the most. Six major aspects of intellectual development goals were identified: (1) understanding the connections between disciplines; (2) relating the discipline to the student's life; (3) developing an appreciation for the contribution of the discipline to humanity; (4) broadening the student's intellectual horizons; (5) increasing the student's tolerance of/comfort with ambiguity; and (6) developing the student's intellectual curiosity. Also stressed by most faculty were the links between intellectual development and other goals, such as knowledge acquisition, effective thinking, personal development, and preparation for the future. (Contains 30 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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