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Liberal arts in a new era

Liberal arts in a new era Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the effectiveness and outcomes of liberal arts in preparing people for adult roles. Design/methodology/approach – Review of research and opinions about the liberal arts. Findings – Liberal‐arts outcomes results have fallen short of expectations though this may be a short coming of higher education generally. A new era of the knowledge society will shrink liberal‐arts departments in humanities, literature and philosophy. Research limitations/implications – Liberal arts need definition and clarity of expected outcomes. Practical implications – Jobs in liberal arts colleges will decrease given its weak effectiveness. Online education for liberal‐arts areas will grow explosively. Originality/value – Liberal‐arts critics have been active for decades. What is different today is world wide access to all information 24/7 and massive open online courses (MOOCs). http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png On the Horizon Emerald Publishing

Liberal arts in a new era

On the Horizon , Volume 22 (1): 4 – Feb 4, 2014

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2014 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1074-8121
DOI
10.1108/OTH-09-2013-0035
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the effectiveness and outcomes of liberal arts in preparing people for adult roles. Design/methodology/approach – Review of research and opinions about the liberal arts. Findings – Liberal‐arts outcomes results have fallen short of expectations though this may be a short coming of higher education generally. A new era of the knowledge society will shrink liberal‐arts departments in humanities, literature and philosophy. Research limitations/implications – Liberal arts need definition and clarity of expected outcomes. Practical implications – Jobs in liberal arts colleges will decrease given its weak effectiveness. Online education for liberal‐arts areas will grow explosively. Originality/value – Liberal‐arts critics have been active for decades. What is different today is world wide access to all information 24/7 and massive open online courses (MOOCs).

Journal

On the HorizonEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 4, 2014

Keywords: Liberal arts; MOOC; New era

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