ERIC Number: ED223424
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
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The Evolution of College General Biology: From the Sixties to the Present.
Wert, Charles Robert
Since the early sixties, general/introductory biology courses have evolved as a consequence of a multitude of forces which have been changing the face of our society. These forces are, in turn, consequences of a much greater phenomenon, the Scientific Revolution. Shortages of scientific personnel and the national fervor generated by the space race, the promotion of scientific literacy in education, the accelerating development of molecular and cellular biology, a demand for quality of life over quantity of material goods expressed in the mid-sixties, and a demand for relevance (in particular that science address world problems and that science education meet individual needs) are only some of the factors that contributed to curriculum development and revision during the last two decades. As a result, there has been a considerable proliferation of instructional strategies and course organization schemes. General/introductory courses were the beneficiaries of many of the products of teaching technology, the development of which was accelerated as a consequence of the Scientific Revolution. In response to greater individualization, such techniques as mastery learning and audio-tutorial instruction have been employed in general/introductory biology courses. However, because of declining enrollments, non-majors are comprising a larger proportion of these courses and their needs must be met by future educational advances. (Author/JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: A report presented to the Faculty of the School of Education, San Diego State University, CA.