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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Optimal Balance of Liberal Education and Career Readiness in the Context of the American Promise: A Critical Analysis of the American Association of Colleges and Universities Liberal Education and America's Promise Challenge
by McKinney, Robert William, D.Ed., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2017, 257; 10272952
Abstract (Summary)

The plan for this study is to provide an examination of the relationship between liberal and career readiness education within the context of American society. Increasingly, the focus of higher education is career readiness and economic development, which challenges the liberal education tradition. Liberal education historically nurtures the critical thinking abilities of the individual student with a sense of civic responsibility. Although the origins of a liberal education curriculum begin with the Greek and Roman philosophers, it has developed in the United States simultaneously with democracy and the quest for equality of opportunity. With the challenges to liberal education have come renewed interest in defining the role of liberal education through initiatives such as the American Association of Colleges and Universities' (AAC&U) Liberal Education and the American Promise (LEAP). In 2015, the LEAP Challenge celebrated its tenth anniversary, and there is a need to perform a sympathetic critique of the program. The primary components of this study address the optimal balance of liberal education and practical education to achieve the American Promise in the twentieth-first century through thoughtful, critical analysis and as framed by the AAC&U LEAP challenge.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Slater, Robert
Commitee: Mense, Evan, Olivier, Dianne F.
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: DAI-A 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Curriculum development, Higher education, Education philosophy
Keywords: America's Promise, Career readiness, Equality, Explication, Liberal education, Practical education
Publication Number: 10272952
ISBN: 978-0-355-85354-4
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