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By N. Kindelan

Exploring the methods undergraduate theatre courses can play an important position in achieving the goals and studying results of a latest liberal schooling, Kindelan argues that theatre's signature pedagogy is helping all undergraduates develop into actively engaged in constructing serious and value-focused abilities.

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Smaller colleges and universities in the United States favored accommodating the characteristics of the artes liberales ideal (the rhetorical ideal, classical letters and texts, and Arnold’s views); thus, Kimball alleges, “neo-humanism” prevails at such institutions. 41 From the early 1930s to the late 1950s, accommodation and the various attitudes regarding what constitutes a liberal education generated continual controversy, confusion, and self-examination. Educators who continued to support a more traditional view of education that emphasized moral knowledge, the intellect, and virtue advocated the return of a prescribed reading of classical texts (in translation) and an emphasis on the study of Socratic philosophers over Cicero and Quintilian.

PART I The Makings of a Contemporary Liberal Education CHAPTER 2 The Evolution of the Liberal Arts As nearly as I can determine, the liberal arts were originally not arts at all as we understand the term; neither in the present sense of the word were they liberal. . [T]hey were liberal in that they constituted the education of a free man or gentleman in contrast to the vulgar craftsmanship developed by the slave . . . ” The liberal arts, we say, are the liberalizing arts, the studies that liberate the mind and send it questing on strange and alluring adventures.

4 These questions are intellectually challenging whether you have a background in educational philosophy or are a novice at curriculum reform. To prepare for the debate, committee members review literature—a pursuit that produces an overwhelming amount of reference material, some of which is controversial and confusing, unless you are well versed in the history and theories of education. For example, the terms liberal education and liberal arts, as well as 24 ● Artistic Literacy general education and the college core, are often used interchangeably, and frequently without any regard to how the meaning of these terms has changed throughout the history of higher education.

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