Handbook of the Undergraduate Curriculum: A Comprehensive Guide to Purposes, Structures, Practices, and Change / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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Spotlighting the contentious issues over innovation in undergraduate curricula, Gaff (vice president, Association of American Colleges and Universities), Ratcliff (director, Center for the Study of Higher Education, Penn State), and 55 other contributors survey diverse routes to higher education reform. The unifying premise is that quality education necessitates reversal of the trend toward increasing fragmentation of the academic learning experience. Viewpoints span: the evolving aims of such education from historical, philosophical, and social perspectives; specialized learning in academic disciplines; reform across disciplines; curriculum administration and assessment; and the inevitable tensions between tradition and change. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787902896
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/5/1996
  • Series: The Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 784
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.69 (d)

Meet the Author

JERRY G. GAFF is vice president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and he directs the Preparing Future Faculty program.

JAMES L. RATCLIFF is professor of higher education and the director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Pennsylvania State University. He is also director of the National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.

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Table of Contents

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).

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