When we discuss the relationship between general education and work, our own semantic myths can easily trap us. General education, liberal education, and career education are labels which we have used to categorize bundles of learning experiences. Although frequently useful to simplify thought, the educational concepts behind these labels often represent illusory rather than actual goals and their meaning assumes a protoplasmic character, visible but elusive, constantly shifting in shape. Current attempts to define and clarify the relationships among general, career, and liberal education are hindered by the rapid educational evolution now occurring, as American postsecondary education moves from the disciplinary into the post-disciplinary era. This transition forces a basic change in this continuing dialogue. The disciplinary organization of higher education both permits and hinders the development of learner-centered and integrative education, both of which will be characteristic of the post-disciplinary era.
Smith, Hoke L.
"Toward a New Synthesis in the Post-Disciplinary Era,"
Perspectives (1969-1979): Vol. 8
, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/perspectives/vol8/iss3/4