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ERIC Number: EJ896506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 47
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0021-3667
Approaches to the Core Curriculum: An Exploratory Analysis of Top Liberal Arts and Doctoral-Granting Institutions
Bourke, Brian; Bray, Nathaniel J.; Horton, C. Christopher
Journal of General Education, v58 n4 p219-240 2009
The debate over the best delivery of general education, whether through a canon of Great Books, a core curriculum of specific courses and course sequences, or a distribution requirement of course types providing for greater student choice, has existed for generations. Today, the debate plays out in practice across the top-rated colleges and universities in the two most dominant institutional types: liberal arts and doctoral-granting institutions. The purpose of this article is to provide an exploratory analysis of the current context of general education at top liberal arts and doctoral-granting institutions in the United States. In doing so, the authors identify prevalent themes of general education found across these two institutional types through data from the top institutions within each classification. In this examination, the means of achieving the various goals of general education fall into one of two camps: core curriculum or distribution requirements. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States