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This study seeks to examine the manner and extent to which the United States' leading higher education institutions are adapting their undergraduate international studies and area studies degree programs to the realities of the post Cold War world. The study used data provided by a 1994 survey of nearly 800 undergraduate international and area studies degree programs and recommends steps to strengthen these programs and make them more responsive to the demands of the 21st Century. The study looked at a wide range of programs including 171 international studies degree programs and 102 degree programs focused on specific geographic areas of the world. Also included were case studies of 10 progressive programs that offer innovative curricula and teaching. Analysis found trends that show modest but significant alterations to undergraduate international studies and area studies curricula, robust growth in undergraduate international and area studies degree programs, and increases in the number of courses within disciplines and specializations and in student enrollments. Recommendations that arose from the findings include 22 suggestions for international and area studies programs, 3 recommendations for the higher education community, and 5 recommendations for further study. Appendixes contain a list of survey respondents, the survey instruments, a list of participants at a related workshop, and a selected bibliography. (Contains 70 references.) (JB)

Descriptors: Area Studies, Colleges, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Educational Innovation, Educational Trends, Global Education, Higher Education, Instructional Innovation, Intellectual Disciplines, International Studies, National Surveys, Program Descriptions, Undergraduate Study, Universities

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Autor: Goodman, Louis W.; And Others

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8928&id=ED382134







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