ERIC Number: ED036534
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Oct-15
Reference Count: 0
The Development of a Basic Social Science Course for Undergraduate Students in the Natural Sciences and Engineering. Final Report.
Pool, Ithiel de Sola; Angell, George W., Jr.
At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a 4-year project was undertaken to restructure the sophomore elective course in social science for natural science and engineering students. The restructured course emphasized an objective, rigorous, and exact approach to social phenomena. Readings were designed to carry the student step by step from raw observations to conclusions and were reinforced by each student's participation in social science research. A follow-up study indicated that students electing the new social science course experienced slightly greater positive shifts along several attitudinal dimensions than did students in a history course. (Appendices include statistical tables on the project, the course outline with reading lists, and a report on Crisiscom--a computer simulation of information processing by decision makers in which the MIT sophomore social science students replaced national decision makers.) [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (LH)
Descriptors: College Students, Course Content, Course Evaluation, Course Objectives, Course Organization, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Elective Courses, Scientific Attitudes, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Social Sciences, Social Studies
ERIC Clearinghouse on the Teaching of English, 508 South Sixth St., Champaign, Ill. 61820 (original document, on loan only)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge.