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Gregory, Marshall – Liberal Education, 2010
In addition to dealing with the more or less obvious variables that affect classroom dynamics, teachers need to learn how to deal with the far more difficult issues related to learning, identity, selfhood, and autonomy. In this article, the author first discusses classroom issues that are most visible and vivid for teachers. Next, the author…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Teachers, Students, Teacher Student Relationship
Connor, W. Robert – Liberal Education, 2007
In this article, the author talks about big questions of meaning and value that young people pose and how to respond to their concerns about big questions. He relates the story of his granddaughter, Charlotte, who, at the age of one, would climb up on the stairs not from choice or whim, but "because they're there." For her, it was not play, but…
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Student Development, College Students, Teacher Role
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Parker, Jo Ellen – Liberal Education, 1998
At a time when collaborative leadership is much heralded in American institutional life as the antidote to discontent with power structures, colleges and universities have illustrated that shared governance is not inherently collaborative. The sense of common cause on campus should come from a shared knowledge base, concern with external…
Descriptors: College Administration, Cooperation, Governance, Higher Education
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Burgan, Mary – Liberal Education, 1998
Rather than turning away from faculty governance, colleges and universities need to renew commitment to faculty who can teach, keep up research, and attend to running their institutions. As attrition diminishes the power of senior faculty, the new managerial class generates authority structures that make faculty governance irrelevant. Young…
Descriptors: College Administration, College Faculty, Entry Workers, Faculty Workload
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Howe, Irving – Liberal Education, 1991
The past is the substance from which the present is formed, but college curricula based on this cultural heritage need not exclude the present. Major classical writers and social thinkers must be central to it but should be accompanied by critical engagement with living texts from powerful and active minds. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classical Literature, College Curriculum, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Design
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Takaki, Ronald – Liberal Education, 1991
Higher education can resist the need to open the U.S. mind to greater cultural diversity by ignoring the changing ethnic composition of student bodies and larger society, or realize this opportunity to revitalize the social sciences and humanities with a new sense of purpose and more inclusive definition of knowledge. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Core Curriculum, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Design
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Gaudiani, Claire – Liberal Education, 1991
The future of pluralistic democracies depends not only on laws but on individuals within the societies. Different cultures bring different strengths and conceptions of self and community. By studying different cultures and discovering shared virtues, students can identify those contributing to high quality of life for human society. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Cultural Pluralism, Democratic Values, Global Approach
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Nicholas, Ralph W. – Liberal Education, 1991
Becoming an anthropologist illustrates on a large scale how valuable examining other cultures is. Anthropology should be incorporated into the college liberal arts curriculum to help eliminate the ethnocentrism of educated people in our own society but should focus on great civilizations nearly matching ours in complexity, historical depth, and…
Descriptors: Anthropology, College Curriculum, Cultural Pluralism, Ethnocentrism
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Stearns, Peter – Liberal Education, 1991
Developments in humanities scholarship are moving in surprisingly congruent directions. Far from competing with proper attention to pedagogy, they provide solid bases for curricular coherence and teaching effectiveness. New integrative themes crossing disciplinary lines in humanities, focusing here on history, can help fulfill several humanities…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Higher Education, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Proctor, Robert E. – Liberal Education, 1991
If higher education is to have a coherent curriculum and a coherent way of thinking about the world, it may need to study premodern ways of thinking for both insights and the courage to think in new ways. The tradition of the humanities, which originated in fifteenth-century Italy, can help. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Core Curriculum, Educational Philosophy, Higher Education
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Kennedy, Alan – Liberal Education, 1991
The college liberal arts curriculum should help disengage students from their own cultural perspectives so they can more adequately think and argue about the past. Similarly, in studying how literary texts represent cultures, students need not "know" the culture but simply understand the statement they make. (MSE)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Change Strategies, College Curriculum, Cultural Influences
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Bensimon, Estela Mara; O'Neil, Harold F., Jr. – Liberal Education, 1998
An ongoing project to measure faculty work at the University of Southern California exemplifies the collaborative approach to producing an assessment instrument that documents both an individual's productivity in research, teaching, and service and determines the worth of his activities in relation to institutional goals. The resulting Faculty…
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Administration, Evaluation Methods, Faculty Evaluation
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Platt, Craig – Liberal Education, 1998
Chronicles the process of reforming the liberal education program at Franklin Pierce College (New Hampshire), organized around the theme of the individual and community. Discusses objectives in integrating the "civic arts" into the core curriculum and challenges encountered in balancing "individual" and "community"…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Citizen Participation, Citizen Role, Citizenship Education
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Jones, Janet L. – Liberal Education, 1998
Describes the development and design of the "master learners" program at Fort Lewis College (Colorado), in which faculty members from varied teaching backgrounds are given release time to participate as students in a year-long Human Heritage course to show freshmen how a master learns. The program has evolved into an exemplary faculty…
Descriptors: College Curriculum, College Instruction, Faculty Development, Higher Education
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Schneider, Carol G. – Liberal Education, 1991
The individual element of multicultural education needs to be recognized. The Association of American Colleges' national project, "Engaging Cultural Legacies: Shaping Core Curricula in the Humanities," helps colleges develop curriculum that challenge students to explore the humanities as reflected in their own social values, ideas, and…
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Core Curriculum, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development