General education for the 21st century: a quest for common principles

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dc.contributor Harris, Michael S.
dc.contributor Karbhari, Vistasp
dc.contributor Major, Claire Howell
dc.contributor Tomlinson, Stephen
dc.contributor.advisor Urban, Wayne J. Word, Andrea 2017-03-01T16:36:04Z 2017-03-01T16:36:04Z 2012
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001099
dc.identifier.other Word_alatus_0004D_11337
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract In the early years of the 21st century, general education programs in U.S. postsecondary institutions stand at the center of multiple competing pressures, from demands for accountability to calls for increasing assurances of articulation across institutions. Complicating potential responses to these normative pressures is the challenge inherent in adapting any curricular component to fit the institution in which it is implemented. A curricular component that must be both stable and harmonious within the academy yet responsive to the broader sociopolitical context, general education must encompass courses that reflect the institution's mission and its faculty strengths while simultaneously responding to the need for articulation across institutions as well as the needs of the community. In approaching general education reform, administrators and faculty typically follow one of two strategies: select from the de facto general education models of the 20th century, or emulate general education programs at institutions perceived to be at the forefront of general education praxis. In neither case is there clear evidence that those involved in general education design have consulted the body of scholarship dedicated to general education ideology. Nor has there been a recent analysis of such scholarship to determine current dominant trends in the national discourse on general education. Since 1990, numerous U.S. colleges and universities have undertaken costly and time-consuming reforms of their general education programs. To inform future general education reforms and to contribute to the understanding of priorities in general education in the early 21st century, this qualitative study reports on a documentary analysis of general education scholarship in The Journal of General Education from 1990 to 2011. The study reports dominant thematic trends in general education scholarship, considers the relevance of those trends in light of their resonance with a 20th-century general education paradigm, and makes recommendations regarding praxis as administrators and faculty approach the task of general education reform across the range of institutional contexts represented on the current stage of U.S. higher education. Recommendations include the use of scholarship as a source of organizing principles to guide efficient and effective general education reform.
dc.format.extent 189 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Higher education
dc.subject.other Education policy
dc.subject.other Curriculum development
dc.title General education for the 21st century: a quest for common principles
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies Higher Education Administration The University of Alabama doctoral Ed.D.

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