ERIC Number: ED223481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr-26
Reference Count: 0
Improvement of Social Science Education via the Development of a Social Science Laboratory. Final Report.
Gustafson, Jerry W.
A 3-year project to establish a college-level interdisciplinary computer center/scientific laboratory for the social sciences is described. The purpose of the project was to improve education in empirical and behavioral research methods. The center consists of computing facilities, a survey research facility, a simulation/gaming facility, and a resident specialist in quantitative methods. The laboratory is not tied to a specific curriculum but rather operates as a free-standing unit available to all social scientists and students. It contains a variety of software, a library, video recording equipment, calculators, audio centers, and projection equipment. The methods specialist teaches one interdisciplinary course per year and works with students and faculty on various projects. Although student activity in the laboratory includes both independent and course-related work, the most tangible outcomes involve staffing and curricular innovations. Many courses have been modified to include computer instruction and use of the center. Currently, more than 80 percent of all social science majors have used the facilities. The project has been successful in providing students with quantitative instruction. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Directorate for Science Education.
Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Note: This three-year plan of activities was funded by the CAUSE program of the National Science Foundation.