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"A national public advocacy and campus action initiative. LEAP champions the importance of a liberal education—for individual students and for a nation dependent on economic creativity and democratic vitality."
Article from the Chronicle of Higher Education by Nicholas Lemann. Proposes a core undergraduate curriculum with these core skill areas: Information Acquisition, Cause and Effect, Interpretation, Numeracy, Perspective, Language of Form, Thinking in Time, Argument.
Realizing General Education: reconsidering conceptions and renewing practice by AEHE Staff; Cynthia A. WellsGeneral education is widely touted as an enduring distinctive of higher education, but what do we actually mean by general education? Differing perspectives not only make it challenging to consider its significance, but also open it up to a wide range of determinations regarding its effectiveness. This volume aims to sharpen understanding of the complex picture of general education by: describing how various conceptions of general education evolved historically, identifying various functions expected of general education in the contemporary context, and pointing out the educational practices that fulfill general education's aims in the current context. The conceptions of, and aspirations for, general education are consequential. This volume disentangles the divergent conceptions that hinder its renewal and considers the range of avenues for realizing its effectiveness. This is the second issue of the 42nd volume of the Jossey-Bass series ASHE Higher Education Report. Each monograph is the definitive analysis of a tough higher education issue, based on thorough research of pertinent literature and institutional experiences. Topics are identified by a national survey. Noted practitioners and scholars are then commissioned to write the reports, with experts providing critical reviews of each manuscript before publication.
Publication Date: 2016
General Education Essentials: a guide for college faculty by Paul Hanstedt; Terrel Rhodes (Foreword by)General Education Essentials "Full-time and part-time faculty in any discipline and at anysize campus with any type of mission can pick up this volume andlearn something that will help her or him improve teaching andlearning.???"--From the Foreword by Terrel L. Rhodes, vicepresident for Curriculum, Quality, and Assessment, Association ofAmerican Colleges and Universities Every year, hundreds of small colleges, state schools, andlarge, research-oriented universities across the United States(and, increasingly, Europe and Asia) revisit their core and generaleducation curricula, often moving toward more integrative models.And every year, faculty members who are highly skilled in narrowlydefined fields ask two simple questions: "Why?" and "How is thisgoing to affect me?" General Education Essentials seeks to answer these and otherquestions by providing a much-needed overview of and a rationalefor the recent shift in general education curricular design, asense of how this shift can affect a faculty member's teaching, andan understanding of how all of this might impact course and studentassessment. Filled with examples from a variety of disciplines that willspark insights, General Education Essentials explores thetechniques that can be used to ensure that students are gaining theskills they need to be perceptive scholars and productivecitizens. "This is THE ONE BOOK for academics to get up to speed aboutreforming general education." --Jerry Gaff, senior scholar,Association of American Colleges and Universities
Publication Date: 2012
Integrated General Education by Teaching and Learning Staff; Catherine M. Wehlburg; Catherine M. Wehlburg (Editor)General education has been an essential part of American highereducation for a long time. Unfortunately, it is often seen assomething to "get out of the way" so that the student can go on totake the more "important" courses within a chosen major. Thisvolume changes that perception. Topics discussed include: Integrated General Education: A Brief Look Back Why are Outcomes So Difficult to Achieve? Making General Education Matter: Structures and Strategies Unifying the Undergraduate Curriculum Through Inquiry-GuidedLearning University of the Pacific's Bookend Seminars on a GoodSociety Core Curriculum Revision at TCU: How Faculty Created and AreMaintaining the TCU Core Curriculum Creating an Integrative General Education: The BatesExperience Building an Integrated Student Learning Outcomes Assessment forGeneral Education: Three Case Studies Meaningful General Education Assessment That is Integrated andTransformative Institutions of higher education have a responsibility to develop ameaningful general education curriculum that cultivates qualitiesof thinking, communication, and problem solving (to name a few ofthe general education goals that many institutions share). What ismissing from many institutions, though, is the concept ofintegrating general education with the overall educationalcurriculum. If this is done, general education courses are nolonger something to take quickly so they can be checked off;instead; they become part of the educational development of thestudent. This integration benefits the student, certainly, but alsothe larger society--baccalaureate graduates steeped in the liberalarts will become future leaders. Having been prepared with a broadknowledge base, our current students will be able to think morecritically and make good use of information to solve problems thathave not yet even been identified. This is the 121st volume of the Jossey-Bass higher educationquarterly report series New Directions for Teaching andLearning, which offers a comprehensive range of ideas andtechniques for improving college teaching based on the experienceof seasoned instructors and the latest findings of educational andpsychological researchers.