New curriculum proposal @ Stanford emphasizes critical thinking vs content


From the Chronicle of Higher Education,  January 26 2012, by Dan Berrett

“Stanford University is unveiling a set of 55 recommendations to place a priority on teaching undergraduates a set of skills in addition to requiring them to take courses in specific disciplines. The changes, which were drafted by a 17-member committee (chiefly from the faculty), are in a report that is being presented to the Faculty Senate for review.

It is the first top-to-bottom revision to Stanford’s undergraduate curriculum since the 1993-94 academic year. The focus on core skills in addition to disciplinary content reflects the idea that Stanford should develop students’ abilities to continue learning throughout their lives and adapt to a changing world after their formal education has ended.”

CHE – Stanford Remakes Curriculum Jan 26 2012

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