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ERIC Number: EJ791359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
Integration, Reflection, Interpretation: Realizing the Goals of a General Education Capstone Course
Fernandez, Nancy Page
About Campus, v11 n2 p23-26 May-Jun 2006
For the past 23 years, students at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona have benefited from its Interdisciplinary General Education Program (IGE)--a sequential, interdisciplinary general education program that culminates in a capstone course. IGE's history and structure support a strong culture of assessment. The program, founded in 1983 with an emphasis on measuring student learning outcomes, was designed to provide an integrated liberal arts experience to students attending a comprehensive public polytechnic university. To accomplish this, student cohorts complete an eight-quarter sequence of interdisciplinary classes that satisfy humanities and social sciences general education requirements. Interdisciplinary General Education Program (IGE) promotes deep, integrative learning as advocated by Ernest Boyer: "As students see how the content of one course relates to that of others, they begin to make connections, and in so doing gain not only a more integrated view of knowledge, but also a more authentic view of life". The curriculum and instructional approach encourage students to become what the American Association of Colleges and Universities' Greater Expectations report calls "intentional learners"--individuals who are empowered, informed, and responsible. The article describes how a departmental culture focused on assessment that enabled IGE faculty members to examine this capstone experience and make changes that have substantially improved student learning. (Contains 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California