ERIC Number: ED273454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct-4
Science Education in Our Time: The Need for an Interdisciplinary Approach.
de Korte, Aart
Perspectives on the need for retailoring science education so that college graduates will be better prepared to make decisions about scientific, technological priorities and personal career options are presented in this paper. The values and problems associated with an interdisciplinary approach to science education are discussed and a new interdepartmental course entitled Science in a Cultural Context (SCC) is highlighted. Components of SCC include: (1) historical and modern views of scientific theory; (2) examples of theory formation from biology, chemistry, and physics; (3) science, technology, and society; and (4) the consequences of the nuclear arms race. A sampling of comparable courses from selected colleges are also identified. The benefits of a science and culture oriented program are outlined for non-science as well as science majors. (ML)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ., Rutherford, NJ.