The Movement for General Education

Donald N. Levine

in Powers of the Mind

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780226475530
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226475783 | DOI:
The Movement for General Education

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In the decades around 1900, calls to reform collegiate education led to distinctive efforts to reshape liberal elite culture. Hoping to restore a program of common learning, these reformers turned their backs on the classical curriculum of the previous century, seeking fresh ways to recover an essential and irreducible humanity made possible solely by breadth of learning. The initiatives to reinvent liberal learning which they pursued converged under what came to be called the general education movement, which is the focus of this chapter. This phenomenon was unique to the United States and may well constitute one of the country's major contributions to the history of higher education.

Keywords: liberal elite culture; higher education; general education movement; liberal learning

Chapter.  3833 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy and Theory of Education

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