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ERIC Number: EJ930383
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1195-4353
Restructuring the Pleas for the Liberal Arts in an Age of Technology in Ascendancy
Doughty, Howard A.
College Quarterly, v13 n2 Spr 2010
Education is many things, but it is primarily the mode of production and reproduction of socially sanctioned knowledge, including the technical skills and sustaining ideology needed to maintain cultural continuity while adapting to social change. To teach creatively and to explore and shape knowledge amidst vast technological changes is the test of contemporary educational success. Part of that test involves the protracted assault on the liberal arts in the presence of transformational information technology, an increasingly competitive global economy and the neoliberal market mentality. Liberal arts defenders have confronted disparaging critiques with three basic types of argument: autonomy (the liberal arts are inherently valuable); service (the liberal arts support vocational training); and complementarity (the liberal arts properly balance marketable skills). A fourth position is that humanity's precarious position in dangerous times provides the liberal arts' principal rationale: The liberal arts are essential for ecological sustainability, social survival, the future of our species.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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