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The Idea and Practice of General Education

An Account of the College of the University of Chicago

Written by members of the faculty at the College of the University of Chicago, this book provides a comprehensive account of one of the most significant and successful experiments in the field of education. In 1931, the faculty undertook to determine the essentials of a general education and to devise an integrated system of essential courses that students were required to take. This book discusses that innovative curriculum and method, and includes reading lists and sample examinations. Levine’s new Preface discusses the endurance of and excitement surrounding the program created during the Hutchins years.

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