General Education Essentials: A Guide for College Faculty

By Paul Hanstedt

Supplying an insightful introduction to current trends in general education reform, this second edition of General Education Essentials: A Guide for College Faculty gives an important, timely overview of general education curricular design.

General education curricula provide students with the intellectual flexibility they need to adapt thoughtfully and productively to the rapid changes of the workplace and the world at large. This book offers methods for engaging in curricular reform efforts that support university culture and teachers and examines the implications of general education reform in the classroom, with a keen eye toward syllabi, course content, and student work. By expertly blending theory with curricular ideas for implementation, this text offers an impactful illustration of the shift from distributive to integrative to high impact models of general education.

Featuring plentiful examples from a variety of fields and disciplines, this book is essential reading for any higher education faculty member tasked with equipping students with the skills they need to become perceptive scholars and productive citizens.

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Print Edition

  • $34.36 (AAC&U Members)
  • $42.95 (Nonmembers)

Digital Edition

  • $25.77 (AAC&U Members)
  • $32.21 (Nonmembers)

A hardback edition is available for $170.

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: The Big Picture
  • 1. Gen Ed 2.0: Integrative Models
  • 2. Gen Ed 3.0: High Impact Models
  • Part 2: General Education at the Course Level
  • 3. Designing Effective General Education Courses
  • 4. How the Purposes of General Education Can Reshape a Course
  • Part 3: General Education at the Assignment Level
  • 5. Designing Appropriate Assignments for General Education
  • Part 4: Structuring an Effective Revision Process
  • 6. Leading Gen Ed Conversations: An Overview and Early Stages
  • 7. Leading Gen Ed Conversations: Developing Models Curricular Models
  • 8. leading Gen Ed Conversations: Deciding on and Implementing a New Model
  • 9. Creating Meaningful Assessment of General Education
  • Conclusion

Publication Details

  • Date Published: 2024
  • ISBN: 9781642674859
  • Pages: 204