ERIC Number: ED217938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Science, Technology, and Society in Community Colleges: Directory of Course Offerings in the U.S.
Williams, James, Comp.
In spring 1980, a study was conducted to determine the present level of course activity in community colleges in the areas of science and society, technology and society, environmental studies, the history of science and/or technology, or other science, technology, and society (STS) fields. In addition, the study sought to encourage contact between those individuals and institutions involved in STS fields. Survey instruments were sent to 820 publicly supported 2-year colleges. Responses were received from 156 colleges, with 39 schools providing STS course data. Study findings included the following: (1) in the 39 colleges that provided course data, 52 STS courses were offered; (2) median enrollment in the 45 courses for which enrollment figures were available was just above 25 students; (3) the frequency of STS course offerings rarely exceeded three sections per year and over half of the courses were offered only once a year; (4) 31 of the 44 courses for which status information was provided were electives, 10 were general education courses, and 3 were general education electives; and (5) texts and audio-visual materials varied widely for the courses, with 33 courses using audio-visual media. The bulk of the report provides information on STS courses at individual colleges in 17 states. When available, information is provided on texts and materials used, frequency of course offerings, average enrollments, origin of students in terms of major, course instructors, and course status. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Gavilan Coll., Gilroy, CA.
Identifiers: Science Technology and Society Courses