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ERIC Number: ED351048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Pages: 39
Abstractor: N/A
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The Liberal Art of Science: Science and History in an Honors Program.
West, Rinda; And Others
In 1989, Oakton Community College (OCC) in Des Plaines, Illinois, began developing an honors core seminar in the sciences. The course was to be an interdisciplinary, laboratory-based science and humanities seminar, designed to explore the nature, process, and methods of science and the place of science in society. Rather than mastering a body of information, students would learn a process of inquiry. The course integrated two existing syllabi that had already been approved for credit transfer to four-year institutions, "Introduction to Physical Science," and "Culture and Science in the Western Tradition." An interdisciplinary team of nine faculty, working with two external consultants, spent 5 months developing the philosophy, objectives, and structure of the course. During the first 4 weeks of the course, a physicist taught students about concepts of motion. For the second 4-week unit, a chemist taught about the nature of matter. During the third 4-week unit, a geologist introduced students to plate tectonics. During each of the 4-week units, a historian related scientific concepts in their historical, economic, and cultural context. During the final 4 weeks of the course, all four instructors were present for discussions of contemporary research in their fields, and dominant paradigms. A copy of the course syllabus; a review of laboratory experiments, teaching methods, and other course activities (for students); sample lab problems; sample narrative responses provided by students on a follow-up questionnaire evaluating the course; detailed narrative examinations of each unit written by the different instructors; and a 68-item bibliography, are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Oakton Community Coll., Des Plaines, IL.