The learning sciences and liberal education
Today we are engaged in a national debate about the extent to which liberal education, as currently conceived, leaves college graduates ready to find their place in the modern world. This debate includes a discussion of whether early apprenticeships in the form of internships, co-op programs, and the development of professional or disciplinary skills divert students from developing the broad knowledge and enhanced civic engagement that are the promised hallmarks of liberal education.
In this article, I will make the case for a new framing of liberal education based on several decades of research emerging from the learning and developmental sciences. This work suggests that general knowledge stems from acquiring both the habits of mind and repertoires of practice that develop from participation in knowledge-building communities.
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Budwig, Nancy, "The learning sciences and liberal education" (2017). Psychology. 183.