ERIC Number: ED222116
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Science Literacy for All Students.
Brown, Peggy, Ed.
Forum for Liberal Education, v5 n1 Oct 1982
Selected college programs designed to increase students' science literacy are described, and perspectives on science education are addressed in an article by E. James Rutherford, "Sputnik, Halley's Comet, and Science Education." The article suggests that leadership and consensus are needed at the national level to improve science education and to prepare graduates for a world of science and technology. Following the essay, specific programs are described. Franklin and Marshall College implemented a new general education program, and science courses aim to provide students with an understanding of scientific principles, practices, and reasoning. The University of Chicago's core curriculum calls for requirements in the biological and physical sciences. West Virginia University integrates guided design projects with lectures and laboratories in physical science courses, which are designed to develop an understanding of societal problems. A new focus at Syracuse University introduces students to the sciences, aspects of engineering and applied science, and sociotechnological issues as part of a new general education curriculum. Reducing science anxiety is another goal. At the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Integrated Liberal Studies (ILS) courses provide an overview of important aspects in western civilization, and science courses are primarily designed to provide an understanding of how science functions. S. N. Postlethwait at Purdue University has developed a science paradigm for his freshman botany course. Finally, faculty at Iona College have developed a set of science courses for nonscience majors. Additional programs are briefly described, along with resource materials. (SW)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Botany, College Programs, Core Curriculum, General Education, Higher Education, Introductory Courses, Nonmajors, Physical Sciences, Required Courses, Science Education, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Principles, Social Change, Technological Advancement, Technological Literacy
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Franklin and Marshall College PA; Iona College NY; Purdue University IN; Syracuse University NY; University of Chicago IL; University of Wisconsin Madison; West Virginia University