ERIC Number: ED429633
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Reference Count: N/A
Interdisciplinary Courses and Curricula in the Community Colleges. ERIC Digest.
This digest defines interdisciplinary courses, presents the benefits and challenges of offering them in the community college, and describes six existing interdisciplinary courses at community colleges around the country. Interdisciplinary courses are characterized by the following: they tend to be highly innovative; they incorporate concepts and methods from more than one discipline; they explore broad-based social issues that require multiple perspectives; and they may combine liberal arts and general education with vocational education. Benefits accrue to students who take interdisciplinary courses, including preparation for a changing work environment; exposure to moral, humanistic, and political perspectives in vocational courses; and an increased sense of community on campus. However, faculty may resent the loss of autonomy that team teaching necessitates, and may become impatient with the amount of time needed for class preparation. The digest outlines six programs currently offered by community colleges. Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio, for example, offers a freshman-level course in classical philosophy and American literature. One professor introduces a topic, while the second professor acts as commentator, questioner, and devil's advocate. At Macomb County Community College in Michigan, a business and technical writing course was developed jointly by faculty from the English, Technology, and Accounting disciplines. Contains 12 references. (CAK)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.