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Barnett, Pamela E. – Liberal Education, 2013
Peggy McIntosh (1988) famously unpacked what she called an "invisible knapsack" of privileges socially conferred upon whites, men, and heterosexuals (1988). She argued that not only are women and minorities at a disadvantage, but those with social power enjoy benefits that are both unearned and unjustified. We often accept those…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Faculty, Social Influences, Identification (Psychology)
Neem, Johann N. – Liberal Education, 2013
Competency-based education works by identifying the specific things that someone needs to be able to learn and to do in order to earn a degree (or pass a course), and then allows students to move forward as soon as they have demonstrated that they have mastered the expectations. Prior leaning seeks to reward students--especially older…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Teaching Methods, Liberal Arts, Environmental Influences
Carver, Leland; Harrison, Laura M. – Liberal Education, 2013
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have entered the world of online education with a splash, and their potential to transform higher education is being widely hailed. Indeed, many involved in the creation, implementation, and facilitation of this new format regularly speak in terms of "revolution" and massive "disruption." If…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
Malesic, Jonathan – Liberal Education, 2013
The physical fitness required to perform complex athletic feats has a parallel in the intellectual fitness it takes to perform complex mental tasks. At the heart of liberal education sits the idea that moderate training in several disciplines is better than intensive training in just one. Through exercising students' abilities in interpreting…
Descriptors: General Education, Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinary Approach, Academic Ability
Waggoner, Matt – Liberal Education, 2013
The Turing era, defined by British mathematician and computer science pioneer Alan Turing's question about whether or not computers can think, is not over. Philosophers and scientists will continue to haggle over whether thought necessitates intentionality, and whether computation can rise to that level. Meanwhile, another frontier is emerging in…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Critical Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, Computers
Patel, Eboo – Liberal Education, 2013
Scholars from a range of fields have long taken an interest in how people who orient around religion differently interact with one another. Indeed, this phenomenon has been the subject of important works in political science ("The Clash of Civilizations" by Samuel Huntington), sociology ("American Grace" by Robert Putnam and…
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Intergroup Relations, Religion, College Curriculum
Musil, Caryn McTighe – Liberal Education, 2013
After forty-one years in print, "On Campus with Women," the periodical publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities' Program on the Status and Education of Women (PSEW), has come to the end of its run. Caryn Musil writes that over the summer she has been preparing copies of all the issues published during her…
Descriptors: Gender Issues, Sex Fairness, Females, Womens Education
Larson, Marion; Shady, Sara – Liberal Education, 2013
Educators face the important challenge of preparing students to live constructively in a religiously diverse world. At some institutions, a reluctance to allow issues of faith into the classroom creates an obstacle to cultivating the skills students need to understand, process, and engage a religiously pluralistic society. At faith-based…
Descriptors: Religion, Religious Factors, College Students, Consciousness Raising
Butler, Johnnella E. – Liberal Education, 2013
Johnnella Butler writes here that the title of this article "Two Steps Forward, One Step Backward," expresses the "wicked problem" of diversity as a concrete goal in higher education. The concept of the "wicked problem," is a term coined in the late 1960s by social planners. Consulting Wikipedia, as so many of our…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Role of Education, Problem Solving, Diversity (Faculty)
Leskes, Andrea – Liberal Education, 2013
"A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy's Future," commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education, was published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities in 2012. Representing the work of the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (2012), the report builds a strong case for higher…
Descriptors: College Role, Citizenship Responsibility, Citizenship Education, Citizen Participation
Scott, Robert A. – Liberal Education, 2013
In describing the purpose of college, author Robert Scott believes that undergraduate education is and must be as much about character and citizenship as about careers and commerce. In addition to majoring in a particular subject, and in order to fulfill the purpose of a university education, Scott says that undergraduate students must learn about…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Higher Education, Undergraduate Study, Citizenship Education
Newstok, Scott L. – Liberal Education, 2013
There is a personal, human element to liberal education, what john Henry Newman once called the "living voice, the breathing form, the expressive countenance" Those who cherish personalized instruction would benefit from a phrase to defend and promote the practice. Author Scott Newstok proposes in this article that we begin calling it…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Higher Education, Teacher Student Relationship, Conventional Instruction
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
Winkelmes, Mary-Ann – Liberal Education, 2013
The Illinois Initiative on Transparency in Learning and Teaching is a grassroots assessment project designed to promote students' conscious understanding of how they learn and to enable faculty to gather, share, and promptly benefit from data about students' learning by coordinating their efforts across disciplines, institutions, and countries.…
Descriptors: State Programs, Learning Processes, College Students, Educational Practices
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