ERIC Number: ED435343
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Higher Education Trends (1997-1999): Curriculum. ERIC-HE Trends.
Kezar, Adrianna J.
Literature on college curriculum has been declining since the early 1990s, representing under 5 percent of the literature added to the ERIC database in 1996. One reason seems to be the emphasis on instruction; another is that information on curricular movements are often addressed in the literature on instructional change. Trends in 1996 in the literature on curriculum include themes of diversity, democracy or citizenship, environmentalism, and international studies. A major trend in the literature is the addition of interdisciplinary curricula, although it tends to be subsumed under the theme of instructional change. Diversity is described in the literature most often as an issue for practitioners; one of the most comprehensive resources documents the impact of multiculturalism on higher education during the l980s and 1990s. However, research is needed to document the impact of multicultural curricula on student outcomes. Another important theme added to the literature in 1996 is curricula focused on the development of civic responsibility; and environmental education, which virtually disappeared in the 1980s and early 1990s, is once again in the literature. The number of documents on international education is small if measured by the importance of the issue as manifested by mission statements, presidential speeches, and the press. (Contains 12 references.) (JM)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Diversity (Faculty), Diversity (Student), Educational Research, Higher Education, Instructional Innovation, Interdisciplinary Approach, International Studies, Literature Reviews, Multicultural Education
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Graduate School of Education and Human Development.