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ERIC Number: ED250171
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Physical Science in General Education Curriculum Reform.
Brown, William J.
Current interest in the content and methodology of college physical science instruction stems from a recently adopted general education program for Montgomery College, a two-year comprehensive community college. It is contended that physical science should play a major and vital role within the science component requirements of a student's program and that a course may be designed to foster many of the outcomes usually associated with a "broadly educated person." These qualities include: effective communication skills; critical thinking skills; problem-defining and problem-solving skills; and the ability to read, understand, and logically discuss how things work for social as well as for natural systems. This paper, although physical science oriented, provides information of a historic and contemporary nature useful for those seeking new directions in implementing science components for general education programs. Past and present textual and curriculum materials are also examined, focusing on materials appropriate for the physical science component of general education programs. The guided design strategy is discussed (and recommended) since the approach may foster development of the desired outcomes of physical science in general education programs. Guided design, a decision-making/critical thinking strategy, involves course activities organized around the solution of a series of open-ended problems. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A