ERIC Number: EJ871315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 0
The Clark/AAC&U Conference on Liberal Education and Effective Practice
Freeland, Richard M.
Liberal Education, v95 n4 p6-9 Fall 2009
On March 12 and 13, 2009, thirty-two educators and leaders from the corporate and nonprofit sectors gathered at Clark University for an extended seminar cosponsored by Clark and the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Their focus was a question of fundamental importance for liberal education: how well do the learning experiences they offer--predominantly academic exercises in traditional classroom settings--align with their professed goals of preparing engaged citizens, effective professionals, and, more broadly, adults equipped to make significant contributions to society? A central goal of the conference was dialogue between educators and successful professionals who had experienced a traditional liberal education as undergraduates. The conference was structured around five questions related to the link between liberal education and "effective practice," the term Clark uses to suggest a range of capacities needed to translate ideas and values into action--qualities such as imagination, resilience, and persistence and the ability to work collaboratively and to manage complexity and uncertainty. The conference did not find ready solutions to the challenges of linking liberal education with a concern for effective practice. Nonetheless, educators and leaders were impressed and encouraged by examples of institutions that have done impressive work in this arena, and they came away from their time together with a heightened commitment to advancing this cause in the institutional and professional settings to which each of them is connected.
Descriptors: General Education, Adult Educators, Conferences (Gatherings), Educational Practices, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Alignment (Education), Corporate Education, Focus Groups
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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