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Title Revitalizing general education in a time of scarcity : a navigational chart for administrators and faculty / Sandra L. Kanter ... [and others] ; foreword by Frederick Rudolph.

Published Boston : Allyn and Bacon, [1997]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bund  378.1990973 REVI {Bund81 20190820}    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxvii, 196 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-188) and index.
Contents Foreword / Frederick Rudolph -- 1. The Precarious State of General Education -- 2. The Push and Pull of the Outside -- 3. Inside the Change Process -- 4. The Politics of Curriculum Reform -- 5. Culture and Community -- 6. From Struggle to Reform -- Appendix A. Methodology -- Appendix B. Institutions in the Study -- Appendix C. Telephone Survey Questionnaire -- Appendix D. Campus Visit Questionnaire.
Summary What should every educated person know? That age-old question lies at the heart of efforts to reform the general education curriculum in America's colleges and universities. But can reform efforts solve the problems facing higher education today - or do they just cause divisiveness and conflict? What determines whether they succeed or fail? Searching for empirical answers, educators at the New England Resource Center for Higher Education, University of Massachusetts Boston launched an extensive study of colleges and universities that have attempted to redesign their general education curriculum in recent years. While much of the literature to date has reported on planning for curriculum change, this study gave special attention to implementation of the changes. It included telephone interviews with faculty and administrators in 71 colleges and universities plus in-depth campus visits at 12 schools. The colleges profiled are not famous, elite, or wealthy; their experiences will be helpful to many educators attempting change in the face of limited resources. This book takes an analytical approach, providing a conceptual framework for looking at curriculum change through organizational, economic, political, and cultural lenses. In six insightful chapters the authors explore the forces that affect an institution's efforts to provide students with the fundamentals of a liberal arts education. These factors include the impact of a school's culture and politics, the level and predictability of its funding, the actions of outside authorities, competition from other colleges and universities, and socioeconomic issues.
Other author Kanter, Sandra L.
Subject General education -- United States -- Case studies.
Education, Higher -- Aims and objectives -- United States -- Case studies.
ISBN 0205262570