ERIC Number: ED188709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
Science Education in Two-Year Colleges: Biology.
Edwards, Sandra J.
One in a series of 12 publications on two-year science education, this four-part monograph examines biological education as revealed by a literature review, a study of the catalogs and class schedules of 175 representative two-year institutions, and survey responses of 160 biology instructors. Part I first presents the findings of a review of the literature on biology curricula, focusing on core curricula; course content; introductory courses; prerequisites; and courses for biology and non-biology majors, and allied health and remedial students. Next, the catalog and schedule analysis is presented, covering biology course offerings, target student groups, prerequisites and course sequences, institutional characteristics, and introductory courses. Part II examines instructional practices revealed in the literature and in the instructor survey. The literature review assessed the use of modules, laboratories, and textbooks, while the instructor survey considered student characteristics, instructional modes, use of class time and instructional materials, grading practices, desired student competencies, course goals, and out-of-class activities. Part III looks at the biology faculty in terms of degree attainment, employment status, teaching experience, selection of course materials, use of support services, and working conditions. The final section summarizes findings and presents recommendations for improving biological education. A bibliography and the questionnaire are included. (AYC)
Descriptors: Activities, Advanced Courses, Biology, College Curriculum, College Faculty, College Science, Community Colleges, Course Objectives, Courses, Educational Attainment, Grading, Institutional Characteristics, Instructional Materials, Introductory Courses, Learning Modules, Literature Reviews, National Surveys, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Science Teachers, Student Characteristics, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Experience, Teaching Methods, Textbooks, Two Year Colleges, Work Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; ERIC Publications
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.