ERIC Number: ED352249
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
The Freshman Year in Science and Engineering: Old Problems, New Perspectives for Research Universities. Report of a Conference (Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 6-7, 1990).
Wineke, William R.; Certain, Phillip
The goal of the conference reported in this document was to initiate major revitalization of freshman science by bringing together individuals who have been working to improve introductory courses with research faculty who may or may not have been actively involved in the teaching of these courses. This report tries to capture the spirit and the commitment to action which developed at the conference. The following are some points that emerged as a consensus of the participants: (1) science education is such an important national problem that research universities must give it a high priority; (2) science education should accommodate itself to the students and not vice versa; (3) there is notable success and tremendous promise in the undergraduate and outreach programs at research universities, but the success needs to be communicated and moved from the "pilot plant" to the "full production" mode; (4) the walls of the university should come down in order to broaden access and to draw upon the resources of the K-12 system, industry, and the public; (5) the walls between the disciplines should come down to enhance collaboration on the curriculum. Brief summaries of the consensus findings are given in the body of the report. Three of the five appendixes, which make up more than half the document, consist of the following papers: "Student Understanding in Physics: What We Teach and What is Learned," by Lillian C. McDermott; "Improving Academic Performance in Mathematics", by Uri Treisman, and "America at the Crossroads: The Challenge of Science Education," by James J. Duderstadt. The fourth and longest appendix consists of 13 summaries of reports on science and engineering education appearing between 1983 and 1989. The final appendix is a list of participants. A conference schedule is included. (PR)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Freshmen, College Science, Educational Change, Higher Education, Integrated Curriculum, Literature Reviews, Research Universities, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Study
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Alliance for Undergraduate Education.