ERIC Number: ED172854
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Science and Social Science in the Two-Year College. Topical Paper Number 69.
Brawer, Florence B.; Friedlander, Jack
The findings and conclusions of a study of curriculum and instruction in two-year college social science, science, and science-related technology programs are summarized in three sections. The first selects from 1977-1978 curriculum data which were gathered from catalogs and class schedules of a representative national sample of 175 two-year colleges. Focus is placed on enrollments, and the availability and types of courses for transfer and occupational students, non-science majors, and students in developmental programs, revealing many introductory courses, few remedial courses, and an overall emphasis on serving students already disposed to the sciences. The second section deals with the courses themselves, based upon the results of an instructor survey mailed to 1,275 science and social science faculty members. Selected findings related to various subject areas are provided in terms of numbers of class sections, average class enrollments and completions, course level and objectives, use of instructional media and class activities, grading and examination practices, and instructor characteristics. Traditional teaching methods were found to predominate. The final section reviews the major findings and makes recommendations, stressing the role of the community college in improving science and social science literacy. The instructor survey instrument and responses are appended. (DR)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Community Colleges, Course Objectives, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Problems, Educational Media, Enrollment, National Surveys, Science Curriculum, Science Instruction, Science Interests, Science Teachers, Scientific Literacy, Social Sciences, State of the Art Reviews, Student Interests, Surveys, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.