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General Education Essentials: A Guide for College Faculty

General Education Essentials

“Full-time and part-time faculty in any discipline and at any size campus with any type of mission can pick up this volume and learn something so they can help her or him support teaching and learning.???”—From the Foreword by Terrel L. Rhodes, vice president for Curriculum, Quality, and Assessment, Association of American Colleges and Universities

Every year, hundreds of small colleges, state schools, and large, research-oriented universities across the United States (and, increasingly, Europe and Asia) revisit their core and general education curricula, frequently moving toward more integrative models. And every year, faculty members who are highly skilled in narrowly defined fields ask two simple questions: “Why?” and “How is this going to have an effect on me?”

General Education Essentials seeks to answer these and other questions by providing a much-needed overview of and a rationale for the recent shift in general education curricular design, a sense of how this shift can have an effect on a faculty member’s teaching, and an understanding of how all of this might have an effect on course and student assessment.

Filled with examples from plenty of disciplines so they can spark insights, General Education Essentials explores the techniques that can be utilized to make certain that students are gaining the skills they want to be perceptive scholars and productive citizens.

“This is THE ONE BOOK for academics to rise up to speed about reforming general education.” —Jerry Gaff, senior scholar, Association of American Colleges and Universities

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