ERIC Number: ED247113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Science, Technology and the Liberal Arts: Report on a National Conference Held at Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, April 1-3, 1984).
Cutcliffe, Stephen H.; Goldman, Steven L.
This conference was designed to provide information on the development and implementation of seven undergraduate science courses primarily for non-science majors at Lehigh University, to examine what ought to be the objectives of courses such as these in the liberal arts curriculum, and to describe parallel efforts with similar educational objectives at other institutions. The Lehigh courses, which are taught on a continuing basis by senior science and engineering faculty, include: (1) chemistry for the consumer (chemistry); (2) regulation of public safety (metallurgy and materials engineering); (3) the factory of the future (industrial engineering); (4) tall buildings and urban design (civil engineering); (5) computer modeling of our world (chemical engineering); (6) mineral deposits, economics, and world politics (geology); and (7) a course designed to serve as an introduction to engineering as a problem-solving discipline linked to applications of scientific research and to economic, political, and social interests in those applications. An opportunity was also provided during the conference to assess the state of a science and technology literacy movement that has been steadily growing in power and influence since the late 1970's and to examine issues related to the development and teaching of science and technology literacy courses. (JN)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Engineering Curriculum; National Science Foundation; Science and Society