Artistic Literacy: Theatre Studies and a Contemporary by N. Kindelan

By N. Kindelan

Exploring the methods undergraduate theatre courses can play an important function in achieving the goals and studying results of a modern liberal schooling, Kindelan argues that theatre's signature pedagogy is helping all undergraduates develop into actively engaged in constructing severe and value-focused abilities.

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The scholarship regarding where and when the term liberal arts came into being can be dense, confusing, and contradictory, especially for educators who are unfamiliar with its complex background. Bruce A. 7 The Evolution of the Liberal Arts ● 25 By unraveling the historical evolution of liberal education, evaluating the rationales associated with this phrase, and taking a look at Kimball’s typology, we can diminish some of the confusion about the term. Many scholars have little to offer on the definition of liberal education because the fundamental question concerning its development has been ignored.

16 To achieve educational excellence, both LEAP reports recommend that a comprehensive set of “essential learning outcomes” be applied to professional and occupational majors (business, engineering, education, health, the performing arts, and so on) as well as to other major courses and throughout the undergraduate curriculum. In an effort to generate a dialogue among educators, employers, policy makers, and engaged citizens as well as to help educators map new focused curricular pathways, the 2007 LEAP report contains a series of key questions that address twenty-first-century educational challenges: Are undergraduates prepared for the complexities of global integration and collaboration?

At universities, new disciplines were added; natural scientists, and later social scientists, adopted The Evolution of the Liberal Arts ● 31 the scientific method and applied it to their disciplines. Thus multiple ways of knowing became part of the new college curriculum. ”27 The scientific method eventually empowered the nineteenthcentury middle class. Scientific thought led to technological advances that both enhanced living conditions and created new jobs. Increasingly, people came to believe that facts and logic could unravel life’s complexities, help solve problems, and change lives.

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