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ERIC Number: ED171331
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 22
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General Education Natural Science for a Changing Society: Quo Vadimus?
Richter, Winston
Concern for the education of whole persons is not new in American higher education, but recent authors have expressed a new urgency for a return to a common core curriculum for general education. One model can be seen in the Miami-Dade General Education program, another in the human-value-orientation of Walter Lippincott, which is particularly relevant to the natural sciences component. Many authors point to the relationship between social needs and the type of curriculum and instruction that science educators are called upon to provide; future theorists attempt to provide a framework of predictions upon which planning to meet natural sciences educational needs can be based. From these predictions, five philosophical recommendations for natural sciences courses can be made: (1) a cross section of the diverse student population should make up each class; (2) class goals should include development of scientific literacy and the ability to analyze, understand, and integrate social issues; (3) the world should be presented as a system of integrated, interdependent subsystems, and emphasis should be placed on coping with rapid change and knowledge explosion; (4) the learning environment should subsume the entire community; and (5) students should develop skill in interpreting the labor market. The idea that a general education natural science course should address societal issues is not new; cogent arguments have been forwarded both for and against it. (AYC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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Note: Graduate seminar paper, University of Florida