A brief review of the history of liberal arts shows its continual emphasis on impracticality: knowledge for its own sake, or the cultivation of the self. Paradoxically, the same tradition insists on the practicality of this kind of education. The recent growth in the need to demonstrate employability may present a challenge to liberal arts graduates. But a look at employability skills shows that most are developed in the liberal arts majors. Two questions emerge: how to demonstrate where and how these skills are being developed? how to provide students and employers with evidence that they are being developed. One technique is to chart these skills in the major, and then in each course. This documentation provides both a guide and record of employability skills for students, faculty, administrators, and employers. It also can spur changes in pedagogy and the delivery of instruction.
|Keywords:||Liberal Arts, Employability Skills, Curriculum Evaluation, Syllabus Design, Delivery of Instruction|
Associate Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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