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Snider, Daren – Journal of General Education, 2017
The ability to think critically is considered an important component of a college education, and postsecondary institutions typically include critical thinking in student learning outcomes, particularly in the general education curriculum. Foreign language has traditionally been a staple discipline in general education. However, college foreign…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, College Second Language Programs, Cultural Education, Communicative Competence (Languages)
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Rohrbacher, Chad – Journal of General Education, 2017
This article's purpose is to make humanities professors' assumptions and beliefs about assessment more visible. It is important to understand how humanities professors view the assessment of general education, especially since those conceptions affect how they approach teaching and learning, and how they react to calls for assessment in their…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Humanities Instruction, Educational Assessment
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Blankenberger, Bob; McChesney, Kay Young; Schnebly, Stephen Michael; Moranski, Karen R.; Dell, Heather – Journal of General Education, 2017
In this article we discuss a model for assessing general education student learning outcomes related to reducing racial bias in postsecondary students. As many postsecondary institutions do, our institution attempts to address racial bias through our general education curriculum, but it is difficult to assess improvement in this area. We used the…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Racial Bias, General Education, Program Evaluation
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Klonoski, Ed; Barker, Gregory; Edghill-Walden, Vernese – Journal of General Education, 2017
Unequal academic outcomes in postsecondary education persist for students from underserved populations (students of color, low socioeconomic status, first-generation), despite increased access to higher education in the last half century. General education classes present prime opportunities to address academic inequity. They typically have larger…
Descriptors: General Education, Equal Education, Inclusion, Public Colleges
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Huang, Futao – Journal of General Education, 2017
This article begins with a review of relevant literature and a brief introduction to dependency theory and center-periphery theory, and then it will outline major changes in general education in the United States. In the third part, the article analyzes how U.S. general education has been transferred to Japan, China, and Hong Kong; its impact on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, General Education, Cultural Differences, Higher Education
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Pitt, Richard; Pirtle, Whitney N. Laster; Metzger, Ashely Noel – Journal of General Education, 2017
This article examines the relationship between academic specialization and student exposure to a range of academic domains of knowledge. It uses a concentration measure--the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index--to investigate whether students who choose single majors or double major are more or less concentrated in nine domains of knowledge most…
Descriptors: Specialization, Majors (Students), Intellectual Disciplines, Liberal Arts
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Chan, Hin-Yan; Lo, Chun-Yeung; Ng, Andy Ka-Leung; Cheung, Derek Hang-Cheong; Kiang, Kai-Ming – Journal of General Education, 2017
Possession of prior knowledge has been shown to critically influence students' learning in major courses. Yet the topic remains unexplored in the realm of general education in higher education. The study aims at investigating whether students lacking relevant high school knowledge background could benefit in the two courses, one inclined to…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Prior Learning, General Education, Science Education
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Halx, Mark D.; Reybold, L. Earle – Journal of General Education, 2017
This qualitative study explores undergraduate critical-thinking development from the perspective of students, faculty, and academic affairs administrators. We interviewed three different student cohorts at the end of both the first and second semesters of their first year at a selective liberal arts university in south/central Texas. We also…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Skill Development
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Sherman, Derek R. – Journal of General Education, 2017
This article argues for classical education's trivium--grammar, logic, and rhetoric--and its step-by-step building of knowledge as a heuristic for general education courses. Specifically, courses must intertwine the four rhetorical acts of reading, writing, speaking, and listening to achieve a trivium-based heuristic. Current curricula, however,…
Descriptors: General Education, Listening Skills, Grammar, Logical Thinking
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Schejbal, David – Journal of General Education, 2017
Public perception of the liberal arts is declining. Yet the cognitive skills that a liberal education aims to engender are the key skills that employers and the public value most. To address this seeming paradox, we must redesign the general education core and focus squarely on essential outcomes. Specifically, we must ensure that when students…
Descriptors: General Education, Liberal Arts, Curriculum Design, Skill Development
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Stoller, Aaron – Journal of General Education, 2017
Most first-year seminars exist to ensure that incoming students achieve what is commonly described as "academic success." While definitions of this term vary widely, it most often means socializing students into an academic culture so that they will remain at the institution, achieve a strong GPA, and graduate on time. Most first-year…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Inquiry, College Freshmen, First Year Seminars
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Dharamsi, Karim – Journal of General Education, 2017
This article reflects on a college transitioning into a university in the Canadian context and resisting the temptation to re-create a model of higher education committed to specialization alone. Instead, the university commits all its degree students to a general education, thereby also committing itself to an ideal associated with a diverse,…
Descriptors: Universities, Colleges, General Education, Student Diversity
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McGowan, Veronica – Journal of General Education, 2017
With general education coursework making up a significant portion of associate and bachelor's degree curriculum, conveying the content and importance of student competencies to stakeholder audiences has never been more essential. Accreditation pressure and accountability measures are influencing a focus on improving the presentation of…
Descriptors: General Education, College Curriculum, Skills, Competence
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Clark, Irene – Journal of General Education, 2016
The article explores several perspectives on the interconnection between genre and identity, an issue that has generated significant scholarship in rhetorical genre studies. It suggests that current work in neuroplasticity--that is, changes in the brain that can occur through learning and experience--complicates and problematizes the issue and is…
Descriptors: Neuropsychology, Ecological Factors, Personality, Personality Theories
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Littlefield, Robert S.; Rick, Jessica M.; Currie-Mueller, Jenna L. – Journal of General Education, 2016
This study explored the intersection between service learning and general education outcomes through the self-reported perceptions of 382 college students participating in an intercultural communication course that satisfied the general education requirement at a midsized Upper Plains research university for studying cultural diversity. The data…
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, Service Learning, General Education, Outcomes of Education
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