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

ISBN: 978-0-7879-0289-6
784 pages
November 1996, Jossey-Bass
Handbook of the Undergraduate Curriculum: A Comprehensive Guide to Purposes, Structures, Practices, and Change (0787902896) cover image
A Publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities

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 both 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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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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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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?This book is a feast of current thinking, which is exactly how faculty--who come to the table with many different viewpoints and interests--need to be served.? (Russell Edgerton, president, American Association for Higher Education)

"Breathtakingly comprehensive in its reach--from the history and philosophy of the curriculum to administration and assessment." (The Review of Higher Education)

?If policy makers, administrators, and faculty will use this book to create common ground for discussion, we might succeed in making the necessary reforms in undergraduate education that will allow students to meet the future competently.This book will become an essential tool for any department, college, or campus wanting to make significant change in undergraduate education.? (Reba L. Keele, professor of management, founding dean of undergraduate studies, University of Utah)

?This book is a feast of current thinking, which is exactly how faculty--who come to the table with many different viewpoints and interests--need to be served.? (Russell Edgerton, president, American Association for Higher Education)

?Jerry Gaff and Jim Ratcliff have gathered a diverse and informed group of contributors to present an amazingly comprehensive source concerning undergraduate curriculum. It should be of great value to anyone involved with college curriculum.? (Robert H. McCabe, senior league fellow, MacArthur Fellow, president emeritus, Miami-Dade Community College, League for Innovation in the Community College Education)

?This volume reflects the excitement and the significance of current changes and issues in the college curriculum. It will be an essential resource for anyone even tangentially involved in academic change today.? (Daryl G. Smith, professor of education and psychology, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California)
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