Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Liberal Arts Education

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_483

Synonyms

Introduction

Liberal arts education is a model for undergraduate nonvocational studies most commonly practiced in the United States, at residential liberal arts colleges and collegiate universities. Its origins can be traced to the ancient, medieval, and Renaissance practices of artes liberales, although modern varieties are deeply affected by and dependent on reforms of higher education in the United States during the nineteenth century. Liberal arts education is associated with a holistic approach to learning, stressing the importance of intellectual, emotional, and moral growth of students. The model includes educational breadth and general education requirements and aims at character formation, critical thinking, communication abilities, and the development of leadership and good citizenship. Like other forms of college education, liberal arts education in the United States is often...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Uppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden