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Berrett, Dan – Liberal Education, 2013
No matter the college, a class in the principles of microeconomics is likely to cover the discipline's greatest hits. Opportunity cost? Check. Supply and demand? Ditto. The same goes for such topics as comparative advantage, elasticity, and market structures. But these touchstones of the curriculum may only modestly influence what a student…
Descriptors: Course Evaluation, Hidden Curriculum, Audits (Verification), Institutional Research
Schneider, Carol Geary – Liberal Education, 2013
The author of this article questions what has been gained from Berrett's exploration of the connections between competency development and individual required courses. She concludes from this analysis that students' competency development is a responsibility that cuts across many courses and many levels of expected student proficiency. To put it…
Descriptors: Accountability, Competency Based Education, Minimum Competencies, Microeconomics
Ehrmann, Stephen C. – Liberal Education, 2013
Did technology make a difference, for good or ill, in students' learning of economics in the three courses described in Dan Berrett's story, first published in the "Chronicle of Higher Education" and reprinted in this issue? That's the question that "Liberal Education" has asked this author to discuss. By…
Descriptors: Influence of Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Relevance (Education), Educational Technology
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Liberal Education, 2009
Over the course of eighteen months, a project based at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC, studied undergraduate programs in classics with the goal of developing a better sense of how a major in classics fit within the broader agenda of liberal education. The study adopted a student-centered approach, employing a team of six…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, General Education, Liberal Arts