ERIC Number: ED481456
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Faculty Perceptions of the Core Curriculum. Research Report.
A Web-based survey on the core curriculum at Boise State University, Idaho, indicated that faculty thought the core was important, but the stated outcomes of the core were only marginally met. Approximately 50% of full-time faculty completed the survey. Based on the percentage who indicated that the outcome was being met adequately or well by the core curriculum, these outcomes received the highest ratings: (1) identify basic assumptions, concepts, theories, and facts in the subject area (72.4%); (2) understand and apply relevant methods and strategies of inquiry in the subject area (62.5%); and (3) identify and analyze a problem, and identify possible solutions (59.4%). Outcomes that received the lowest ratings were the ability to make comparisons among countries about creative accomplishments, the ability to write clearly and appropriately, and the ability to explain one's own cultural perspective and make meaningful comparisons with other cultures. Faculty who taught courses for which core was a prerequisite, but who did not teach core courses themselves provided the lowest ratings. Faculty who taught core courses provided higher ratings in a number of cases. Faculty also thought students lacked a positive view of core curriculum. Some faculty suggestions about reorganizing the core courses are discussed. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Boise State Univ., ID. Office of Institutional Assessment.