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ERIC Number: EJ791403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
Liberal Arts Student Learning Outcomes: An Integrated Approach
King, Patricia M.; Brown, Marie Kendall; Lindsay, Nathan K.; VanHecke, JoNes R.
About Campus, v12 n4 p2-9 Sep-Oct 2007
The overarching goal of a liberal arts education is to provide students with the necessary skills to construct lives of substance and achievement, helping them to become wise citizens. By offering programs and implementing practices that adopt an integrated and holistic approach to student learning outcomes, institutions of higher education may be better able to provide students with the necessary skills to achieve this goal. The Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education (WNSLAE) was designed to explore the conditions and experiences that facilitate the achievement of liberal arts outcomes. For this study, the authors attempted to identify learning outcomes that, when considered together, embody the central principles of a liberal arts education. Their goal was to produce a list of liberal arts outcomes that connected the qualities of mind commonly associated with developing wisdom with the responsibilities of citizenship. In this article, the authors present the final list of liberal arts education outcomes and their definitions and also offer ten strategies for incorporating liberal arts learning outcomes into the fabric of an institution. (Contains 2 tables, 1 figure, and 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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