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ERIC Number: EJ791411
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
Should Improving Student Thinking Include Altering Student Values? The Role of General Education
Anderson, Mark W.
About Campus, v12 n3 p23-25 Jul-Aug 2007
Although educators sometimes wonder, students are indeed thinking in their classes. Students' thinking is shaped by their values and attitudes. The question is, should education be shaping the values and attitudes that shape student thinking? Changes in student values and attitudes are tricky to measure, particularly at a time when some alumni, interest groups, and politicians are accusing faculties of biased teaching and choosing the "right" values for students. Along with many faculties elsewhere, educators at the University of Maine are struggling with the need to assess their general education (core curriculum) programs. Accreditation teams ask difficult questions about outcomes that are beyond the simple response of a carefully written committee report. Answering such questions requires hard thinking and creative experimentation in assessment. In this article, the author describes the value of trying to assess changes in student values and attitudes in one such experiment. Whether attitudinal change is intended or desirable, good instructors need to know whether it is happening, for this is another way to narrow the gap between them and their students. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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