ERIC Number: ED181955
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Science Education in Two-Year Colleges: Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.
Beckwith, Miriam M.
Anthropology and interdisciplinary social sciences (ISS) education at two-year colleges are examined as revealed in a study of science education conducted by the Center for the Study of Community Colleges that involved a review of the literature, an examination of the catalogs and class schedules from 175 institutions, and a survey of 1,125 science instructors. Part I of the report discusses the literature review findings in terms of: (1) rationales for interdisciplinary survey courses in social sciences; (2) methods of providing ISS instruction to both transfer and terminal students; (3) the pros and cons of team instruction; (4) specialized ISS courses such as gerontology and environmental studies--and in relation to anthropology courses--(5) the small role of anthropology within the community colleges; and (6) innovative instructional approaches. Part II analyzes ISS and anthropology curricula and instruction as revealed in the catalog and schedule study and the instructor survey. Frequency of course offerings is considered for eight ISS and seven anthropology components. Additionally, faculty characteristics, enrollments, course objectives, classroom and out-of-class activities, grading, instructional materials, and areas for improvement are considered. Part III summarizes conclusions and recommendations. A bibliography, a list of surveyed institutions, descriptions of each of the disciplinary categories, and the questionnaire are appended. (JP)
Descriptors: Anthropology, Bibliographies, Class Activities, College Curriculum, Community Colleges, Course Objectives, Courses, Curriculum Problems, Curriculum Research, Enrollment, Grading, Instructional Materials, Interdisciplinary Approach, Literature Reviews, National Surveys, Naturalistic Observation, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Science Instruction, Social Sciences, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Team Teaching, Terminal Education, Testing, Transfer Programs, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: 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.