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ERIC Number: EJ1094941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0024-1822
The LEAP Challenge: Education for a World of Unscripted Problems
Liberal Education, v101 n1-2 Win-Spr 2015
This article was adapted from "The LEAP Challenge: Education for a World of Unscripted Problems," a folio distributed at the opening plenary session of the 2015 annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities at which the LEAP Challenge was formally launched. Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) prepares students to understand and manage complexity, diversity, and change. Students who experience an engaged liberal education gain broad knowledge (e.g., of science, culture, and society) and in-depth knowledge in a specific area of interest. Liberally educated students learn how to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings. They develop a sense of social responsibility so they can contribute with integrity to their workplaces and to their communities. The "LEAP Challenge" invited colleges and universities to make "Signature Work" a goal for all students and the expected standard of quality learning in college. Signature Work might be pursued in a capstone course, through research conducted across thematically linked courses, in field-based activity, or through an internship. It might include practicums, community service, or other forms of experiential learning; it always should include substantial writing, multiple kinds of reflection on learning, and visible results. Many students may choose to use e-portfolios to display their Signature Work products and learning outcomes. The LEAP Challenge is intended to help institutions take their foundational work on liberal education and inclusive excellence to the next level. The long-term goal is to ensure that every student reaps the full benefit of an empowering liberal education, no matter what his or her background, intended major, or career and life aspirations may be.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts; New York; Ohio