ERIC Number: ED445616
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Fifty Years of Innovations in Undergraduate Education: Change and Stasis in the Pursuit of Quality. New Agenda Series[TM], Volume 1, Number 4.
Quehl, Gary H.; Bergquist, William H.; Subbiondo, Joseph L.
This monograph reports on innovative models and practices in American undergraduate education from the late 1940s through the late 1990s, focusing particularly on four areas: curriculum; teaching and learning; calendar and clock (time); and faculty development. The study encompassed an extensive review of the literature as well as a survey of public and private Carnegie classification colleges and universities (n=49). Following the introductory chapter, "Reflections on the Half Century," Chapter 2 examines the undergraduate curriculum (organization of programs/administrative units); space (on-/off-campus, media-based, international); and resources (faculty, noninstructional staff, materials/equipment). Chapter 3 examines undergraduate teaching and learning, including content-, student-, and interaction-centered instruction. Chapter 4 looks at various curriculum calendars; calendar duration; and curricular clock (weekday/weekend). Chapter 5 discusses the changing character of faculty work, faculty development models, and changes in process and attitude. Chapter 6 examines costs and benefits of educational innovations from objectivist, actions model, and constructivist perspectives. Chapter 7 offers some lessons learned: think locally, but look globally; think small first, then more expansively; consider organizational culture; think in comprehensive terms; secure sufficient funding; inform important constituents; build your case; link innovations to rewards systems; and ensure leadership through service rather than command and control. Appended is a list of institutions participating in the survey. (Contains 18 references.) (CH)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, College Faculty, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Assessment, Educational Benefits, Educational Change, Educational Facilities, Educational Finance, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Educational Trends, Faculty Development, Faculty Workload, Higher Education, Instruction, Learning, Learning Strategies, School Restructuring, Student School Relationship, Undergraduate Study
USA Group Foundation, P.O. Box 7039, Indianapolis, IN 46207-7039.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: USA Group, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
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