The Liberal Arts in a Time of Crisis
AUTHOR: Barbara A. Scott
PUBLISHER: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
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This volume is a timely and provocative analysis of the crisis provoked by the devaluation of the liberal arts and sciences in colleges and universities in the United States, which has accompanied the growing popularity of practical and professional programs of study. This technicization of higher education's curriculum has also coincided with declining academic standards and a growing crisis of literacy among today's students. The new emphasis on developing useful knowledge and marketable skills, the book contends, has been at the expense of nurturing critically aware and intellectually able citizens through an education enriched by the liberal arts. The editors of this book have assembled a distinguished roster of academicians who provide illuminating critical commentary on these interwined issues and wide-ranging alternatives for recovery of higher learning.
The first part of "The Liberal Arts in a Time of Crisis" explores the politics and ideology underscoring the development of curricular policies and pedagogical trends in colleges today. Some of the fallout of these new policies has been rampant anti-intellectualism among students and increasingly narrow and esoteric research specialization among faculty. In the concluding sections, contributors examine the shortcomings of the literacy crusade currently being organized by the educational establishment and provide workable guidelines for refocusing the curriculum and revitalizing the learning process. All those concerned with these issues will find this book invaluable.
PUBLICATION DATE: 9/30/1991