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This volume offers a compAndium of the best ideas, analyses, and practices relating to the undergraduate curriculum as described by leading figures in the field. The Handbook of the Undergraduate Curriculum contains both conceptual and practical information on effective practices, research, management, and assessment. In thirty-four original chapters, top practitioners and scholars detail a range of philosophies, frameworks, program designs, instructional strategies, and assessment methods being used to strengthen and transform the curriculum. They examine the current state of knowledge and teaching in the disciplines and the forces that will reshape the curriculum in the coming years.
HISTORICAL, PHILOSOPHICAL, AND SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES.
What Is a Curriculum and What Should It Be? (J. Ratcliff).
Institutional Contexts (E. Hawthorne).
Key Turning Points in the Evolving Curriculum (A. Levine & J. Nidiffer).
Philosophies and Aims (B. Fuhrmann).
Structures and Practices (P. Hutcheson).
Social Forces Shaping the Curriculum (M. Garcia & J. Ratcliff).
CENTRAL AIMS OF UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION.
Quality and Coherence in General Education (J. Ratcliff).
Developing Intellectual Skills (A. Doherty, et al.).
Diversity and Educational Integrity (C. Musil).
Strengthening Preparedness of At-Risk Students (D. McGrath & B. Townsend).
ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES AND SPECIALIZED LEARNING.
The Arts and Sciences Major (C. Schneider).
The Humanities (L. White).
The Natural Sciences and Mathematics (G. Wubbels & J. Girgus).
The Social Sciences (A. Hendershott & S. Wright).
The Arts (E. Harris).
Professional Education (L. Curry & J. Wergin).
Occupational Education (D. Clowes).
DIRECTIONS FOR REFORM ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES.
Teaching "Across the Curriculum" (E. Maimon).
Advancing Interdisciplinary Studies (J. Klein & W. Newell).
Internationalizing the Curriculum (J. Johnston & J. Spalding).
Transforming the Curriculum Through Diversity (E. Olguin & B. Schmitz).
Creating Learning Communities (R. Matthews, et al.).
Using Technology (J. Farmer).
ADMINISTRATION AND ASSESSMENT OF THE CURRICULUM.
Administering the Curriculum (F. Janzow, et al.).
Building Academic Community While Containing Costs (M. Reardon & J. Ramaley).
Achieving Effectiveness and Efficiency (A. Ferren).
Promoting Coherence in Transfer Practices (J. Eaton).
Evaluating Learning in Individual Courses (B. Wright).
Assessing Learning in Programs (D. Farmer & E. Napieralski).
Identifying Indicators of Curricular Quality (P. Ewell).
CHANGING THE CURRICULUM.
Strategies for Change (J. Lindquist).
Implementing Change (J. Civian, et al.).
Supporting Curriculum Development (G. Sell & B. Lounsberry).
Tensions Between Tradition and Innovation (J. Gaff).