Options for change: A flexible vehicle for curriculum evolution and reform

TitleOptions for change: A flexible vehicle for curriculum evolution and reform
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsBaldwin, RG, Baumann MJ
JournalInnovative Higher Education
VolumeV30
Pagination89-98
Keywordscurriculum, development, experimentation, gender, laboratory, Reform
AbstractAbstract In this article we examine a flexible curricular approach known as the “Option.” The Option enables students to supplement traditional majors with a coherent set of courses and other educational experiences in a related, often interdisciplinary field. Options can act as curricular bridges between mainstream academic fields and problems of professional practice. They can also give students experience with emerging subject areas (e.g., biomedical engineering). Options serve as laboratories for experimenting with new subject areas before incorporating them fully into the curriculum as majors and minors. Hence, Options promote creativity and risk-taking by providing a proving ground for potential new academic programs.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10755-005-4958-7
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